Published on August 15, 2022

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Bariatric Center achieves “Comprehensive Center” reaccreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program®


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Bariatric Center meets all reaccreditation criteria as a MBSAQIP-Accredited Center, according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality metabolic and bariatric patient care

MONTEREY, Calif.  — Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Monterey County area.

Dr. Steven Chang, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery director at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Bariatric Center, announced today that it has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity.

“We are proud to receive reaccreditation as a center of excellence. Community Hospital strives to continue providing outstanding and safe care for every patient, every time. This reaccreditation reaffirms our dedication to providing an exceptional patient care experience surrounding comprehensive weight loss and metabolic management for the greater Monterey County region. Our multi-disciplinary team and first-rate surgeons have a long-standing history in caring for thousands of patients, utilizing the latest technology and the most up-to-date protocols to improve lives for the better,” adds Dr. Chang.

Our Bariatric Center’s commitment to the highest quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, efficacious, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.

To earn MBSAQIP reaccreditation, the Community Hospital Bariatric Center met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The Bariatric Center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by the ACS and the ASMBS.

“Community Hospital is proud to receive this comprehensive center reaccreditation by the ACS and ASMBS. It’s a testament to the immensely talented surgical team and staff that care for our patients around the clock. Community Hospital is the first healthcare facility in the Monterey County region to offer Bariatric surgery, which has changed thousands of lives in so many vital ways,” adds Dr. Steven Packer, President/CEO, Montage Health, Community Hospital’s parent company.

After applying for MBSAQIP Accreditation, centers undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center's structure, processes, and clinical outcomes data. Centers that earn accreditation are awarded a specific designation level, depending on how many patients it serves annually, critical care capabilities, the types of procedures provided, and whether it provides care to patients under the age of 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the United States are affected by obesity and that number continues to increase. The disease of obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to obesity.* Working together, the ACS and the ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.


*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.