Atlantic General Hospital announced Atlantic General Bariatric Center was accredited as a Center of Excellence under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The center was originally accredited in August 2015.

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, the bariatric center met 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 MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

Centers seeking accreditation undergo a site visit by a bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process and clinical outcomes data.

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