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Doctors Hospital earns American College of Surgeons accreditation

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POSTED September 23, 2013 10:07 p.m.

The bariatric surgery center at Doctors Hospital of Manteca has been accredited as a Level 2 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  The accreditation demonstrates the surgery center’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients. 

To earn the accreditation, Doctors Hospital of Manteca met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN Accreditation Standards.  Accredited bariatric surgery centers 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 postoperatively. 

 “The accreditation from the American College of Surgeons is an important indicator of our dedication to providing comprehensive care in bariatric surgery,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital of Manteca.  “Our team approach uses experts in all fields, including nutrition, psychology, exercise, and of course surgery to provide a full spectrum of care required to meet our patients’ weight loss goals.”

Bariatric Surgery Centers that are accredited under ACS BSCN program standards are part of the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) administered by the American College of Surgeons.  In March 2012, the ACS and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) announced plans to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. This transition is now in process.

ACS BSCN accreditation is awarded in categories, each with its own criteria that must be met.  Facilities undergo a site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the facilities’ structure, process, and data quality.  Because optimal surgical care requires documentation using reliable outcomes measures, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their outcomes data to the MBSAQIP Data Registry Platform.

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase.  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, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.  At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity.  Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure. 

Doctors Hospital of Manteca is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Doctors Hospital of Manteca, visit

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