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Good Samaritan’s Bariatric Surgery Program Achieves National Recognition

April 20th, 2016

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program was recently accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Good Samaritan met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

The talented team of professionals involved with the program, including three bariatric surgeons, a bariatric program clinical coordinator, a dietitian, a social worker who works with the Bariatric Support Group, nursing staff, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Clinical Reviewer (MBSCR), operating room staff, post anesthesia care staff and the pre-surgical testing team all play a role in the program’s success.

The process for evaluating patients for bariatric surgery begins with a consultation to determine if an individual is a candidate for surgery. Patients are encouraged to attend education sessions to receive information on weight loss surgery surgical options, obesity related health issues, co-morbidities, the required work up, risks and benefits of surgery, long term benefits of weight loss and the need for lifelong follow up care. Education is a key component and a necessary tool for long-term success. The hospital sponsors a Facebook page dedicated to bariatric patients where experiences can be shared. Participation in the ongoing support group is a vital and necessary resource.

With 170 successful surgeries in 2015, Edward Cussatti, MD, Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Good Samaritan, is proud of the high quality inherent in the program.

“The re-affirmation of our certification as a Center of Excellence means that we are as good as or better than the national standard which is a tremendous accomplishment. I am very excited,” he said.  “We are succeeding because we are changing lives.

Dr. Cussatti will hold a free bariatric surgery seminar on Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 am. For additional information or to register, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit