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Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Achieves National Accreditation for Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery Program

October 2, 2017

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital’s bariatric surgical program has been recognized with national designation as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).

MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This designation recognizes Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital for meeting the highest quality standards in delivering bariatric patient care.


Tammy Ried, RN, and Dr. Christopher Eagon led efforts to achieve accreditation for the bariatric surgery program at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.
Tammy Ried, RN, and Dr. Christopher Eagon led efforts to achieve accreditation for the bariatric surgery program at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are considered obese. Obesity can lead to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital offers a variety of nonsurgical and surgical options including bariatric weight loss surgery, to help patients safely lose weight.

“We are expanding services in the care of the obese patient on the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital campus including expanded surgical, endoscopic, and medical care. It’s rewarding to receive national validation on the quality of our bariatric surgery program,” says Christopher Eagon, MD, Washington University bariatric surgeon, who has performed more than 3,000 bariatric procedures at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “I feel rewarded every day when I see the results of this surgery in the life-changing alterations to my patients’ health and the quality of their lives.”


The MBSAQIP standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary weight-loss program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.

The bariatric surgery team at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, dietitians and exercise specialists, who work together to coordinate a patient’s entire weight-loss program.

We are proud of our bariatric surgery team, who work tirelessly to care for patients.” says Trish Lollo, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital president. “It’s gratifying to see their commitment to excellence recognized nationally.”

To learn more about weight-loss treatment options we encourage you to attend one of the upcoming information sessions


For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric weight loss physician, please call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.

Referring physicians can call the BJC Transfer Center at 800.252.DOCS (3627) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also visit our referring physicians page.


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