Bariatric and Weight Loss Surgery in Rhode Island
Lifespan Weight Loss Services

Award Winning Bariatric Surgery Care

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Highest Safety and Quality Standards

Lifespan’s Center for Bariatric Surgery, a program of Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, continues to earn national recognition for its outstanding patient care. In 2024, we were reaccredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent and Obesity Medicine Qualifications. This recognition acknowledges our commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.

  • In 2024, the American College of Surgeons designated The Miriam Hospital as an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, signifying its dedication to maintaining the highest standards of surgical care.
  • In 2021, our obesity medicine program became one of the first in the US, and the only one in Rhode Island, to earn MBSAQIP accreditation.
  • Our adult program consistently earned accreditation in 2015, 2017 and 2021.
  • Our adolescent program previously earned accreditation in 2017 and 2021.

We strive to achieve this voluntary and rigorous accreditation, which supports our reputation for long-term successes, high-quality programs, patient-centric approach, and passionate staff.

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Blue Distinction Center+

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island named The Miriam Hospital a Blue Distinction Center+ for bariatric surgery for its expertise and cost efficiency in care delivery in 2020. Blue Distinction Specialty Care is a national program that recognizes health care providers who demonstrate exceptional expertise in particular specialties, so that patients seeking treatment can find the quality and value they desire.

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Optum Center of Excellence

The Center for Bariatric Surgery was awarded Optum Centers of Excellence accreditation in 2024, for the ninth time. This accreditation recognizes the center's positive patient outcomes and cost effectiveness.

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Aetna Institute of Quality

The Center for Bariatric Surgery has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility for 2022-2024. The program recognizes high-performing healthcare facilities that offer specialized care and meet high standards of quality and cost-efficiency. The Center for Bariatric Surgery was recognized for consistently delivering evidence-based, quality care for bariatric surgery.