Emory Bariatric Center Receives Third ACS BSCN Accreditation

November 2013

The Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons (ACS BSCN) has once again granted full approval to the Emory Bariatric Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown as an ACS Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Center. This third endorsement reaffirms that the center is providing the highest quality care for its patients.

Using the best available data in quality, ACS BSCN focuses on three key principles for accreditation: a threshold volume of surgery, appropriate equipment to care for the morbidly obese working in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team, and the reporting of outcomes to a national registry.

The center's physicians include medical director Dr. Arvinpal Singh, surgical director Dr. Edward Lin, and additional surgeons Drs. S. Scott Davis, Ankit Patel, Jahnavi Srinivasan, John Sweeney, and Mark Wulkan. In addition to these extraordinary physicians, the success of the center has been shaped by its staff: Stanley Chapman, PhD; Melinda Kane, MS-HCM; Meagan Moyer, RD, LD; Deidra Sampson; and Dan Watkins, PA-C, MBA.

In April 2012, ACS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) unified their respective accreditation programs and formed the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). All existing ACS BSCN and ASMBS accredited centers were then grandfathered into the unified program and began reporting their outcomes data to the existing ACS Bariatric Data Registry Platform.

Multiple drafts of the MBSAQIP's unified accreditation standards have been worked through, and the final standards are expected to be announced in early 2014.