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Quality and Safety

We are proud to be the first in the country to achieve the highest level accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for our safe, comprehensive program and our commitment to excellence in the care and treatment of people undergoing weight loss surgery. We are now accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), which combines the accreditations of the ACS and the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. This accreditation requires a rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized standards and on-site visits by a trained MBSAQIP bariatric surgeon surveyor.

Accreditation demonstrates that a program offers high-quality, multidisciplinary care, has the personnel and infrastructure to ensure patient safety and excellent clinical outcomes, and reports its outcomes to identify areas for continuous quality improvement. In addition to other advantages, multiple studies have shown that undergoing bariatric surgery in an accredited center reduces mortality significantly (in one 2013 study, by more than three times).