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Central Texas Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Bariatric Surgery Certification. Daily Record file photo

CTMC earns Bariatric Surgery Certification

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Central Texas Medical Center announced Monday that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Bariatric Surgery Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

“It is always an honor to be recognized by The Joint Commission,” CTMC President and CEO Anthony Stahl said. “This Bariatric Surgery Certification celebrates our commitment to our patients and their total wellness. I am very proud of everyone, whose hard work made this possible.” 

CTMC underwent a rigorous on-site review this month. The Joint Commission evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards, as well as with bariatric surgery- specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed. 

The Joint Commission’s Bariatric Surgery Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas: 

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards; 
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and 
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. 

“Central Texas Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients receiving bariatric care,” said Patrick Phelan, Joint Commission Hospital Business Development executive director. “We commend CTMC for becoming a leader in bariatric surgery, potentially providing a higher standard of service for bariatric patients in its community.” 

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org. 

CTMC originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital. It opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual Best of Hays ballot released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, visit their website

CTMC is a member of the AdventHealth. AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier unify the system’s 46 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states. 

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