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Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics Earns National Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons

Program located at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago meets all criteria as a Level 1 Center according to quality standards established by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network.

Chicago, Illinois (November 5, 2013) – The Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago has been accredited as a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation signifies the surgery center’s commitment to delivering high quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.

To earn the accreditation, the Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined in the BSCN Accreditation Standards. The Institute’s multidisciplinary team, which includes a specially trained dietician, nurse, psychologist, and top surgeons, have created a program that provides both the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and postoperatively. 

Bariatric surgery centers that are accredited under ACS BSCN program standards are part of the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics is the bariatric surgery program of Presence Health in Chicago. Under the direction of Dr. Rami Lutfi, president of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons (IABS) and Dr. Fred Tiesenga, secretary of the IABS, the institute performs more than 100 bariatric surgeries per year, including:

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase.  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, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.  At the present time,weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.

Level 1 programs such as the Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics meet the BSCN’s rigorous standards that ensure they provide complete care devoted to bariatric surgery. These hospitals treat more patients and can manage the most challenging and complex patients with higher levels of safe and effective outcomes.

“We are so fortunate to have physician leaders that bring world class clinical expertise and a commitment to provide an understanding and supportive environment for patients. They know the frustrations of failed weight loss plans and the life-changing impact of bariatric surgery,” stated Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, Regional President of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago and Presence Saint Francis Hospital. She added, “The program helps patients achieve their best health and the patient stories are truly inspiring.” To learn more about the Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics, call 877.3.YOU.CAN (877.396.8226) or visit

About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. 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 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It is home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Presence Health.

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With more than 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees and 4,000 medical professionals. More information is available at


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