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Our Lady of the Lake Reaccredited for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

February 26, 2024

Baton Rouge, LA — Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Ascension have been reaccredited under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). They were the first in the region to be accredited in 2010.

MBSAQIP is a comprehensive, nationwide surgical quality program aimed at ensuring the safe and effective performance of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Surgical outcomes focus on weight loss and the treatment of obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes, sleep apnea and others. Research shows accredited centers experience lower complications and better outcomes than that of non-accredited facilities.

"For 100 years, Our Lady of the Lake Health has been committed to serving our community with best-in-class surgical services, the best providers in the region and the most advanced technology,” said Chuck Spicer, President of Our Lady of the Lake Health. "This reaccreditation highlights not only our ongoing dedication to excellence but also our leadership in ensuring that our community has access to the most innovative and comprehensive treatments. We will continue to strive to set a new standard for quality and compassionate care."

MBSAQIP accreditation requires an independent, voluntary and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. This accreditation promotes uniform standard benchmarks and continuous quality improvement.

In addition to being MBSAQIP-accredited hospitals, Our Lady of the Lake and Our Lady of the Lake Ascension are also ACS Surgical Quality Partners signifying the hospitals’ dedication to consistently improving procedures and approaches, while maintaining a critical eye on process at every step.

"Our dedicated team highlights the core values that form the foundation of our program,” said Mark G. Hausmann, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Medical Director, Our Lady of the Lake Health Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Service. “This recognition motivates us to continue delivering integrated, comprehensive services, ensuring that patients receive top-tier care and treatment before, during and after surgery."

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About Our Lady of the Lake Health

Our Lady of the Lake Health is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms in outlying parishes, and a 600+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake Health provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs in partnership with LSU, and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally invasive procedures, and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information, visit

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