Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb earns Blue Distinction Center+ designation from BCBS

The Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb has been designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® is a directory created to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.

The Distinction Center Program was developed with input from the medical community and evaluates hospitals’ specialty care and their ability to deliver high-quality outcomes.

“The objective of our office is to ensure we deliver quality care and enhanced clinical outcomes to our patients,” said Dr. Carl Pesta, general and bariatric surgeon and medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb. “My fellow surgeon, Dr. Michael D’Almeida, and I, along with our entire staff, work to hold ourselves to this high standard, which is a great benefit to our patients. Earning this designation is a distinction shared with our whole staff.”

As stated on the Blue Distinction Program website, “only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures” will be considered for a Blue Distinction Center+ designation. The Bariatric Surgery Institute met those measurements to earn the designation, which includes patient post-operative care, follow-up and education.

Criteria also includes the expertise of the medical team, the number of times the facility has performed the procedure and the facility’s track record for procedure results, leading to fewer complications and readmissions than facilities without the designation.

To learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb and the benefits of bariatric surgery, visit

About McLaren Macomb
In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit or subscribe to our blog

About McLaren Health Care
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the state. McLaren has 21,000 employees and more than 25,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 300 facilities serving a 54-county market and 75 percent of Michigan’s population. Learn more at