St. David's HealthCare August 29, 2014

AUSTIN, TX—The Bariatric Center at St. David’s Medical Center recently received accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). MBSAQIP accreditation—the inaugural set of standards released jointly by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)—provides an objective and accountable process whereby centers can demonstrate high-quality surgical care for bariatric patients in a multidisciplinary format.

“We are pleased to have earned this joint accreditation,” Tim Faulkenberry, M.D., metabolic and bariatric surgery medical director of the Bariatric Center at St. David’s Medical Center, said. “This underscores our commitment to providing patients with the highest level of care and support throughout their weight-loss journey.”

In 2012, the ACS and ASMBS combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. The MBSAQIP builds upon the rich history of these organizations in surgical patient care, as well as the successes and extensive experiences both have had in administering their individual accreditation and quality improvement programs.

The MBSAQIP accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers in the United States and Canada. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement.

Centers are required to meet or exceed performance in seven Core Standards for MBSAQIP accreditation, as well as two additional standards specific to band center and adolescent center accreditation:

  • Case volume, patient selection, and approved procedures by designation level
  • Commitment to quality care
  • Appropriate equipment and instruments
  • Critical care support
  • Continuum of care
  • Data collection
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Band center accreditation
  • Adolescent center accreditation

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 15.5 million people in the United States 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, including Type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.

The newly released standards can be found online at

St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32nd Street in Austin; Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Blvd.; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive. The three campuses offer a full range of medical specialties, as well as many other innovative healthcare services.

St. David’s Medical Center in central Austin includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David’s Medical Center is also home to NeuroTexas Institute and the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; a fertility center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for five consecutive years, from 2010 to 2014. In October 2012, Truven Health Analytics also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, in 2012 and 2013. For more information, please visit