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Community Health Network Bariatric Services –Hamilton earns national accreditation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

For release on December 06, 2013

Community Health Network Bariatric Services –Hamilton earns national accreditation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Facility meets all criteria as an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) according to quality standards established by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


Indianapolis, IN---The bariatric surgery center at Community Health Network Bariatric Services-Hamilton has been accredited as an outpatient facility under the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program.  The accreditation demonstrates the surgery center’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.   

To earn the accreditation, Community’s Bariatric Services-Hamilton met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the ASMBS BSCOE 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. 

 “We are proud to announce Community Bariatric Services-Hamilton has achieved this quality accreditation,” said Jason Fahrlander, Community North Region president. “This demonstrates the ongoing efforts of our Bariatric Services-Hamilton team and Keith McEwen, M.D., bariatric surgeon, to provide optimal care to our patients using best practices from across the country in meeting the quality of care standards set forth by ASMBS BSCOE.  In addition, Community Bariatric Services-Hamilton is the only ASMBS BSCOE outpatient bariatric surgery center in the Indianapolis area and one of only 31 outpatient accredited programs across the country.”   

Bariatric surgery centers that are accredited under ASMBS BSCOE 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 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. That transition is now in process.

 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 and ASMBS believe 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.    

 About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes.  As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services.  To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.


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Kristi Mengelt