Weight Loss Surgery Program Receives National Recognition

August 02, 2015
Lawrence General Hospital has just been granted full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the new Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

“We are so gratified to receive full accreditation from the  Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program so soon. After an exhaustive examination of our Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Program, the bariatric surgeon surveyor was very complimentary of the breadth of our program, the quality of our work, and our results,” says Lisa Luz, RN, program coordinator. 

Under the direction of surgeons Dr. Abraham Frech and Dr. Victor Villarreal, the program achieved its accreditation in just two short years. 

Bariatric surgery is appropriate for certain people with weight problems, for whom diet and exercise have not worked. Accredited bariatric surgery centers, like Lawrence General,  provide both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and post-operatively.

This accreditation demonstrates Lawrence General’s commitment to delivering the highest-quality care for bariatric surgery patients. To earn MBSAQIP accreditation, the hospital met the essential criteria that ensure our ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and measure up to the institutional performance requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP accreditation standards.