Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb earns Comprehensive Center re-accreditation

The Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb, which recently celebrated 10 years of providing life-changing weight loss surgery, has earned re-accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a Comprehensive Center.

Under the direction of surgeon and medical director Dr. Carl Pesta, the institute was initially accredited in 2015, earning re-accreditation in 2018.

“The disease of obesity is at an all-time high, with surgical weight loss surgery shown to be the most effective form of treatment, providing lasting results,” Dr. Pesta said. “We’re proud and excited to earn this re-accreditation, which validates the tireless effort of our staff to ensure our patients receive the highest degree of care.”

A joint quality program from the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, MBSAQIP accreditation is an assurance to patients that a bariatric program meets a superior level of care, ensuring patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team, resulting in improved outcomes and enhanced long-term success.

To earn accreditation, a thorough, on-site review determined the institute met essential criteria for staffing, training, infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity, while also crediting the hospital for continuously seeking opportunities to enhance its process.

“This level of accreditation is a direct result of the leadership provided by Dr. Pesta and the clinical excellence of the entire staff,” said Tom Brisse, president and CEO of McLaren Macomb. “In 10 years, that team has established this institute as a world-class program, impacting the lives of countless people.”

One of the most prevalent conditions in the United States, various forms of obesity affect 41.9 percent of the population — up from 30.5 percent in 2000 — which increases the risks of morbidity and mortality due to obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and others. It’s been demonstrated and proven that bariatric procedures are also an effective remedy for these conditions.

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