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BIDMC Named a Comprehensive Bariatric Center

By Christie Roy, BIDMC staff

The Weight Loss Surgery Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently achieved a Bariatric Comprehensive Center Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

MBSAQIP seal (Bariatric Accredited Center)The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

This accreditation formally acknowledges the Weight Loss Surgery Center’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.

As an accredited program, the center has demonstrated how they meet the needs of patients by providing multidisciplinary, high quality, patient-centered care. To earn this designation, the Weight Loss Surgery Center underwent an extensive site visit this past August.

“Our center was first accredited in 2012 and is re-evaluated for accreditation every three years,” explains Linda Trainor, RN, BSN, bariatric nurse coordinator. “We are so excited to achieve accreditation and while we were noted as exemplary in the survey, we will continue to keep moving forward, improving our pre- and post-op processes and anything else we can to ensure we are always providing the highest quality care to our patients.”

During the accreditation site visit, the center’s structure, process and clinical outcomes data are reviewed. The surveyor noted that:

  • The center’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MBS) Committee meets weekly to discuss every pre-operative patient;
  • The center’s surgeons, Dr. Daniel Jones and Dr. Benjamin Schneider, are “excellent” and known nationally;
  • The center’s staff is an “excellent, cohesive integrated group,” and the ICU is managed by “dedicated staff.”
  • Anesthesiologist Dr. Stephanie Jones is a "nationally recognized leader in the field of bariatric anesthesia."
  • The staff has compiled “exemplary documentation” of all pre-operative, perioperative and patient education protocols and makes a strong effort to follow up with all patients on a long-term basis.

“The leadership of Dr. Jones and the passion and dedicated hard work of the bariatric program coordinator, Ms. Trainor, was obvious throughout the entire visit,” the surveyor added in his overall comments.

Congratulations to the entire Weight Loss Surgery team!

The Weight Loss Surgery Center team gathers for their MBSAQIP site visit in August 2015

Above content provided by the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor. 

November 2015

Contact Information

Weight Loss Surgery Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 3rd Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215