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St. Charles Hospital Earns Full Accreditation as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center

June 9, 2014

St. Charles Hospital has received full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric surgery center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This accreditation recognizes St. Charles for meeting MBSAQIP’s rigorous standards for optimal care of a high volume of bariatric patients at all levels of co-morbitities and obesity, including for patients choosing revisional bariatric procedures.  St. Charles was recognized as a Level 2 Bariatric Surgery Center by MBSAQIP in 2013.
"Full accreditation from MBSAQIP speaks to both the expertise of our surgeons in performing a complete range of bariatric surgery procedures and to our program’s comprehensive offerings," said Jim O’Connor, executive vice president/chief administrative officer, St. Charles. "At St. Charles, we are committed to providing the highest quality, patient-centered care from the patient’s initial inquiry to the weeks and months following surgery.”

John Angstadt, MD, bariatric surgeon, St. Charles, said that he and his team, “specialize in a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss through both surgical and non-surgical methods. For patients who are eligible for weight loss surgery, we offer the latest advances in minimally invasive surgery techniques including single incision laparoscopic surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding.”

More than 11 million people in the United States suffer from severe obesity, a disease commonly associated with Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Currently, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity.