Atlantic General Bariatric Center meets all criteria as a Center of Excellence
according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high
quality bariatric patient care.
The center has been accredited under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program
of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the
Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program,
not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term
success. The accredited Atlantic General Bariatric Center offers preoperative
and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese
To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Atlantic General Bariatric Center met
essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure
and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with
severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry
that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes,
identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards
are specified in the MBSAQIPResources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.
After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation
undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who
reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers
are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves
annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides
care for patients under age 18.