Bariatric Times

AUG 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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16 Bariatric Center Spotlight B a r i a t r i c T i m e s • A u g u s t 2 0 1 7 WELCOME TO MEASE DUNEDIN HOSPITAL BARIATRIC SURGERY PROGRAM Mease Dunedin Hospital is part of the not-for-profit BayCare Health System, which operates 14 hospitals and five bariatric programs across Tampa Bay and central Florida. Mease Dunedin is a 120-bed acute care facility with nearly 700 employees and recently celebrated 80 years of service to the community. The bariatric program primarily serves clients from upper Pinellas and Pasco counties, though patients have come from all over the state to receive care and undergo surgery at our facility. Our surgeons have been performing bariatric surgeries since 2005. The bariatric program was developed in 2006 and later moved to its primary location at Mease Dunedin, which has proven to be a high-quality destination for bariatric surgical patients. In 2015, the Mease Dunedin Hospital Bariatric Program became the first BayCare bariatric program to receive accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Site surveyor Harvey J. Sugerman, MD, FACS, gave Mease Dunedin glowing reviews during the accreditation process. OUR PRACTICE Our fast-growing bariatric program doubled in surgery cases from 2015 to 2016. Our patients range in age from 20 to 72 (average age: 25 to 40 years). Twelve percent of our patients are over 65, and 85 percent are female. In 87 percent of our cases, patients undergo the vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure. From January 2016 to June 2017, eight percent of the procedures were Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and five percent were laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) removal or revision. OUR STAFF The bariatric program requires close collaboration among the program manager, our surgeons, and nutrition and fitness experts. We work primarily with two surgeons—Theodore Small, MD, FACS, and Richard Gordon, MD, FRCSA, FACS. Drs. Small and Gordon are credentialed through the American College of Surgeons (ACS)/American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Strong support from our senior leadership has propelled the growth and reputation of our program. The bariatric program reports directly to Kelly Cullen, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, Director of Operations. Medical Director/Surgeon. Theodore R. Small, MD, FACS, has been with BayCare Health System since 2000 and has served as our medical director since the program started in 2006. He has also served as the president of the medical staff for Mease Dunedin and Mease Countryside hospitals. Dr. Small earned his medical degree at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and completed his general surgery residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina. In addition to serving as our medical director, Dr. Small has been a consultant surgeon for Ethicon (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Bard Davol (Warwick, Rhode Island) for the past two decades. He also serves as course director for advanced laparoscopic surgery programs and instructs various surgeons across the country on the newest laparoscopic techniques. Dr. Small is a fellow of ACS and a member of the ASMBS, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. He has been in private practice with Surgical Associates of West Florida for the past 17 years. Dr. Small served in the United States Air Force with tours at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and Eglin Air Base in Florida. During his Air Force career, he performed and taught techniques in advanced laparoscopic surgery, particularly heartburn surgery and laparoscopic colon resections. Surgeon. Richard S. Gordon, MD, FRCSC, FACS, started with BayCare Health System in 2005. He earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and completed his residency at The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa. Dr. Gordon completed his fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and his internship at the University of Ottawa. He is board certified in general surgery in the United States and Canada, and is fellowship trained as a weight loss and laparoscopic surgeon. He also has interest in surgery in reflux, hernias, and gallbladder disease in addition to minimally invasive colon and bowel resection. Dr. Gordon is a member of the BARIATRIC CENTER Spotlight Welcome to the Bariatric Program at BayCare Mease Dunedin Hospital Dunedin, Florida by VICKY BLACKARD, RN, BBA, CBA Bariatric Times. 2017;14(8):16–18. T his column is dedicated to featuring accredited bariatric centers around the world, with a focus on their facilities, staff, statistics, processes, technology, and patient care. Mease Dunedin Hospital, BayCare Health System, Dunedin, Florida MEET THE STAFF Theodore R. Small, MD, FACS Medical Director/Surgeon Richard S. Gordon, MD, FRCSC, FACS Surgeon Vicky Blackard, RN, BBA, CBN, CEN Program Manager Lori Herold, RD, LD/N Clinical Dietitian Amy Styrka Fitness Consultant Ann Husserl, RN, BSN Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Reviewer

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