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Siena Hospital and San Martin Hospital Achieve Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program®

Centers meet national quality standards and criteria to become Comprehensive Centers delivering safe, high-quality metabolic and bariatric patient care

LAS VEGAS, February 24, 2023 – Both the Siena Campus and San Martin Campus of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals recently achieved accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). Patients in the Las Vegas valley seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions can now turn to two high-quality, nationally accredited programs delivering care at the highest standards of patient safety and quality. 

What it means: Both Siena Hospital and San Martin Hospital are now accredited as MBSAQIP Comprehensive Centers for metabolic and bariatric surgery. MBSAQIP is a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons (ASC) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Standards ensure that patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for patients with obesity. 

Why it matters: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 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. The ACS and the ASMBS developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to assist patients with obesity in identifying centers that provide optimal patient care.

Thomas Burns, Interim President and CEO of San Martin Hospital, said, “These accreditations demonstrate our commitment to quality patient care as we continue to enhance our surgical capabilities at San Martin. Quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the leadership of experienced bariatric surgeons, which we have at both Siena and San Martin hospitals. Working in concert with our tremendous support teams, our surgeons maintain programs with the expertise to consistently produce safe, high-quality patient care with positive outcomes.”

Go deeper: To earn MBSAQIP accreditation, both hospitals had to meet essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. 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. The 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. 


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently celebrated 75 years in southern Nevada, marking the anniversary of the arrival of the seven Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital on June 27, 1947. As Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, St. Rose Dominican is still guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in all its endeavors. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health currently operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada and is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest organization for metabolic and bariatric surgeons in the world, with more than 4,200 members. It is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery. The ASMBS is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about metabolic and bariatric surgery, including the associated risks and benefits, as a treatment option for obesity.


Publish date: 

Friday, February 24, 2023

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