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GMC’s Bariatric Surgery Center Receives National Accreditation


Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth announced today it had received a new top-level national accreditation for its Center for Surgical Weight Management (CSWM). 

CSWM facility was certified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Center after meeting the essential criteria and institutional performance measures outlined in the national Bariatric Survey Center Network (BSCN) accreditation program. The Center is one of only about 15 locations in Georgia to achieve a fully accredited status.

American College of Surgeons (ACS) BSCN accreditation provides confirmation to the public  that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its voluntary commitment to providing the highest quality care by undergoing onsite verification where experienced bariatric surgeons compare the center’s structure, process and quality of data against stringent guidelines.

“We are proud to receive full Level 1 accreditation for our bariatric surgery services,” said Lea Bay, president, Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth. “Our surgeon and staff strive to help our patients achieve the best outcomes possible and ultimately meet their health goals. This accreditation affirms our commitment to quality and best practices.”

Medicare coverage is limited to procedures performed in facilities certified by the ACS or the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Based on this, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery at the Center for Surgical Weight Management.

“With this accreditation, our patients know they will receive the very best bariatric care and support available here in Duluth,” adds Bariatric Program Manager Debra Proulx.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 29.6 percent of adults in Georgia are considered obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher and 64.8 percent are considered overweight with a BMI in excess of 25. Obesity leads to many health complications including heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes and more. Presently, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity.

The Center for Surgical Weight Management provides the hospital resources necessary for optimal care for morbidly obsess patients and the support and resources to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, including pre- and post-surgery and beyond. The newly-renovated facility houses many of the services, such as support groups, life coaching classes, cooking classes, nutritional classes, and a clothing exchange closet, under one roof.

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,500 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit or follow us at, or

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