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Accreditations and Distinctions

The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Saint Mary's Hospital is a fully accredited bariatric program that helps patients to achieve not just weight loss, but better health and a better outlook on life.

Here is a little more about each of the distinctions we've earned recently, and what these designations mean for our patients. 

Full Accreditation with the MBSAQIP

MBSAQIPSaint Mary’s Hospital has achieved Comprehensive Center accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

This designation places Saint Mary’s among an “elite group” of accredited centers in the U.S. The hospital is listed on the ACS website ( and is one of just a few accredited programs in Connecticut.


Aetna Institutes of Quality

As an Aetna Institute of Quality, Saint Mary's Weight Loss Program has consistently shown excellence in care and a commitment to relentless improvement. If you are covered under Aetna insurance, you may now choose Saint Mary's Hospital with confidence. 

Anthem Blue Distinction

AnthemThis is a national designation program recognizing facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively. If you are an Anthem plan member, you may choose our Surgical Weight Loss Program with confidence. 

cignaCigna Bariatric Center of Excellence

Being designated a Cigna Center of Excellence means that Saint Mary's Surgical Weight Loss Program has been identified by Cigna as a top performing hospital within the Cigna network, based on long-term patient outcomes and cost-efficiency standards. 

Optum Bariatric Center of Excellence

OptumChoosing an Optum Center of Excellence, such as the Saint Mary's Surgical Weight Loss Program, means that a patient receives the best care from medical providers with a proven track record. The facility has been commended for continually monitoring the program and outcomes to ensure the best quality and adherence to standardized treatment practices based on quantitative evidence.