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August 30, 2021

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital Achieves Surgical Weight Management Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program®

Program meets all of the criteria as a MBSAQIP-Accredited Center, according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality metabolic and bariatric patient care

TEMPE –Tempe St. Luke’s announced today that its Metabolic and Surgical Weight Management program has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  Tempe is home to the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona and other independent surgeons.

The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.

Tempe St. Luke’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to bariatric patients.

“This prestigious and hard-earned accreditation recognizes our commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care and safety for our bariatric surgery patients,” said Brent Cope, President of Tempe St. Luke’s. “Thanks to Dr. Schuster, Chelsea and the entire team for working so hard to create a center of excellence for our patients.”

To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Tempe St. Luke’s met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.

After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center's structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.* Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.

For more information about Tempe St. Luke’s and its Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, https://www.tempestlukeshospital.org/services/weight-loss-surgery.