MBSAQIP Accredited ASC

In March 2008, DayOne Health was designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This prestigious designation identifies top-quality bariatric surgical programs with the experience and resources to perform safe surgical procedures along with a demonstrated short- and long-term track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

A pioneer in the industry, DayOne Health was the first center to perform the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure (LAP-BAND) as an outpatient procedure in the United States starting in November of 2001. With this designation, the 900 North Michigan Surgery Center – a freestanding ambulatory surgery center – joined the nation’s top hospitals in this distinction. In 2012, ASMBS partnered with the American College of Surgeons to become Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). DayOne Health gained MBSAQIP designation the same year, becoming the only MBSAQIP-Accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Lap-Band surgery in Chicago.


To earn the MBSAQIP Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) designation, DayOne Health underwent a thorough review process, including site inspections, during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on surgical outcomes were collected and analyzed. In becoming an MBSAQIP-Accredited ASC, DayOne Health held itself to some of the most rigorous standards in the industry. The designation is further validation of the program’s performance and comprehensive commitment to the highest levels of bariatric care.

“We are extremely pleased to receive the MBSAQIP-ASC Accreditation, which recognizes the expertise and experience of our surgeons, our record of successful outcomes and our organization’s dedication to quality patient care before, during and after surgery,” says Guita Griffiths, President of DayOne Health. “In the rapidly expanding bariatric surgery marketplace and many treatment programs and options available, this distinction truly sets DayOne Health and our outpatient LAP-BAND surgery program apart.”


Obesity has become a national epidemic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. For many individuals suffering with obesity and its many associated health complications, bariatric surgery is the only effective, long-term weight loss therapy. However, safe and successful weight loss through surgery requires a strong commitment from the patient as well as a comprehensive treatment program with a dedicated and experienced medical team providing quality care

and support. “Since we began offering outpatient LAP-BAND surgery over 10 years ago, we’ve been honored to serve hundreds of patients with our same-day bariatric surgery program. The continued success of our program is due to our unwavering dedication to each patient’s success and well-being. Our surgeons and medical support staff strive to make life longer, healthier and more fulfilling for each one of our patients,” notes Griffiths.


According to a 2007 report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries has grown from 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 in 2005. Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program was created specifically to recognize select bariatric surgery centers, like DayOne Health, that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided to bariatric patients. Currently, it is the MBSAQIP program that continues to guide bariatric practices throughout the country in providing the best standards of care.