Published on August 01, 2019

Local Medical Center Earns Comprehensive Bariatric Facility Accreditation

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Bariatric Surgery Team at MidMichigan Health

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot was recently awarded full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This is the fifth consecutive three-year accreditation that the Medical Center has received.

This accreditation signifies that the Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to delivering the highest quality of care for bariatric surgery patients. To earn accreditation, MidMichigan met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a safe bariatric surgical care program and measure up to the institutional performance requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP accreditation standards.

The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.

According to the CDC, the prevalence of obesity was 39.8 percent and affected about 93.3 million of U.S. adults in 2015~2016. Obesity is associated with illnesses that range from type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke to certain types of cancers. Bariatric surgery has been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases.

"We are very pleased to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery," said Angela Munro, R.N., B.S.N., the program supervisor and one of the bariatric program nurse coordinators with MidMichigan Health. “Accreditation is an important way for patients to verify that a program has access to all the key resources necessary for optimal care, and we are proud to be acknowledged for our excellence at both of our MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Midland.”

MBSAQIP is administered by the American College of Surgeons. In 2012, the college and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery announced plans to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. This joint effort resulted in MBSAQIP, which is designed to achieve a single national accreditation standard for all bariatric surgery programs.

“Since 2003, our Bariatric Surgeons Jeffrey Smith, M.D., Ernest Cudjoe, M.D., Jeffrey Bonacci, M.D., and James Pilkington, M.D., have performed more than 3,400 bariatric surgeries between our Medical Centers in Midland and Gratiot,” added Munro. “Our entire team works hard to provide excellent patient experiences and we are very proud of our outcomes and ongoing follow-up with our patients.”

Those who would like more information about bariatric surgery may visit or call (989) 796-4672 to speak with one of MidMichigan’s bariatric coordinators.

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