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Metro Health Receives Accreditation for Bariatric Surgery Program

The bariatric surgery program at Metro Health Hospital has received accreditation from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons.

Metro Health’s program was accredited at Level 2b, which means the hospital meets essential criteria and quality standards to provide primary weight-loss operations for morbidly obese patients under the age of 60 without complication factors.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 2005, the accreditation program provides confirmation that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients. Accredited centers provide not only the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, but also the support and resources that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, from the pre-hospital phase through the post-operative care and treatment process.

"We have appreciated the opportunity to partner with Metro Health to receive this important recognition," said Dr. Jaret Beane, a surgeon with Grand River Surgery. "Our practice has worked closely with Metro Health to train nearly 1,000 staff members as part of a comprehensive plan for presurgical, perioperative, and post-surgical support for patients who undergo lapband surgery."

To receive accreditation, Metro Health underwent an onsite verification process by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviewed the hospitals’ structure, process and use of quality data.

More than 11 million people in the United States suffer from severe obesity, which increases the health risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and other diseases.

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