Munson Medical Center Bariatric Program Certified


‘Comprehensive Center’ accreditation ensures top quality care

Northern Michigan residents struggling to overcome severe obesity and considering surgical options can be assured that Munson Medical Center’s Bariatric Program continues to provide high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care.

The hospital recently received another three-year “Comprehensive Center” national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. It received similar accreditation from the organization in 2015.

Accreditation is awarded to a bariatric surgical center only after a rigorous review process, during which it proves that it can maintain high practice standards, as well as provide the physical and human resources necessary to meet patient needs. Munson Medical Center and all other accredited centers report their patient outcomes to a national database maintained by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program to demonstrate ongoing compliance.

“We are committed to providing high quality care to our patients before, during, and after bariatric procedures and this accreditation again affirms that we remain true to that commitment,” said Michael A. Nizzi, D.O., medical director of Munson Medical Center’s Bariatric Program. “We have been privileged to provide life-saving care to qualifying people in northern Michigan since launching the program in 2003. I believe the comprehensive nature of our weight loss surgery program continues to be key to our patients’ success.” 

  The hospital, surgeons from Grand Traverse Surgery, PC, and a multidisciplinary bariatric team meet qualifying standards through documentation of short- and long-term outcomes and maintaining continuous improvement to enhance those outcomes. Munson Medical Center’s dedicated bariatric team includes surgeons, nurses, medical consultants, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists.

Nationally, the National Institutes of Health estimates 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

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