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Center of Excellence

ExcellenceMercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Bariatric Surgeon Prashanth Ramachandra, MD have earned the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation. This designation recognizes the hospital and the surgeon for demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

In 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the ASMBS unified their respective bariatric surgery center accreditation programs. All institutions that met the standards under the two separate programs—the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN) program and the ASMBS Bariatric Centers of Excellence (ASMBS BSCOE) program—were accredited in the joint Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The new, joint program is administered by the staff and committees of the ACS, and all centers now submit data to the existing ACS bariatric data registry.

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