October 30, 2019


West Jordan –area center meets all criteria as a quality Comprehensive Center, previously known as a Center of Excellence, according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care.

[West Jordan, UT October 30, 2019]: Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the greater Wasatch area.

Jordan Valley Medical Center today announced its bariatric surgical center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center, previously known as a Center of Excellence, under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). A bariatric surgery center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. 

“Becoming a certified Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery is a reflection of dedication and hard work by the surgeons, physicians, nurses, dietitians, and physical therapists to provide high quality and safe care to our community of patients, to ensure success in their weight loss journey to a healthier life.” said Catherine Beck, MD, Jordan Valley Medical Center.

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

Jordan Valley Medical Center’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership of surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Jordan Valley Medical Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

 “We are excited to be recognized as a Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery. This recognition demonstrates Jordan Valley’s continued commitment to providing the highest quality of care and services to the communities which we serve.” said Jon Butterfield, President of Jordan Valley Medical Center.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity is associated with diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis, sleep apnea, heart disease, certain cancers and an increased risk of death and disability.  Bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of these comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

Patients with a body mass index greater than 35 should consider bariatric surgery.  This is especially true if they have obesity related comorbidities such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, and sleep apnea. Most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery as they would for any other type of elective surgery. By choosing an accredited Comprehensive Center, patients are choosing a center that provides quality care to the highest national standards.  

*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

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About Jordan Valley Medical Center
Jordan Valley Medical Center is a 171 bed, Steward Family Hospital, that has been serving the West Jordan community for over 30 years. Our community hospital has a full range of comprehensive services including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, weight-loss surgery, physical rehabilitation, women’s services, wound care, and cancer services. Jordan Valley Medical Center is accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society with Distinction for Hyperbaric Wound Care and is a Certified Stroke Treatment Center. In addition, Jordan Valley Medical Center has the only Level III NICU and Cancer Treatment Center on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley and maintains a Level III Trauma Center. Equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly-skilled healthcare, professionals, Jordan Valley Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly hospital environment. For more information, please visit or call 801-561-8888.

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, tax paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

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 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.