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Dr. Neil Floch, Dr. Craig Floch, and Dr. Abe Fridman are the Bariatric Surgeons of Fairfield County Bariatrics and Surgical Specialists, P.C. They participate at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport and Griffin Hospital in Derby Connecticut which are Accredited Comprehensive Bariatric Centers for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons. 

Norwalk Hospital has been, what was then known as a Center of Excellence, since 2006 and has now been reaccredited and maintains the certification of an MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center. Dr. Neil Floch is the Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Norwalk Hospital.

St. Vincent's Medical Center has been, what was then known as a Center of Excellence, since 2006 and has now been reaccredited and maintains the certification of an MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center. Dr. Craig Floch is the Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Griffin Hospital received its accreditation as an MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center this year. 

To receive the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center certification the most rigorous standards in the industry must be met. In addition, the facility in which the surgeries are performed must have a proven track record of patient safety and consistently deliver quality of care including a long-term commitment to patient care. MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Centers must offer both physical equipment and services for all of the needs of the bariatric patient. There is special training in how to deal with patients and how to show them the compassion that they need to undergo and recuperate from their surgery. These centers must maintain a designated level of quality and quality initiatives. They must follow the data on each and every patient that is submitted to a national database which tabulates the data for outstanding follow up. 

MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Centers were formerly certified by the Surgical Review Corporation as the benchmark for bariatric surgery excellence and supported by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and then known as Centers pf Excellence. The affiliation with the Surgical Review Corporation and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery began a program in cooperation with the most prestigious American College of Surgeons. That combined program has become the gold standard for Surgical Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. 

Now The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical centers through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical 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. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

Although the combined programs do not offer individual surgeon of excellence notification, each facility must have a surgeon in the pool that the center feels meets the requirements to achieve the outstanding results necessary in order for the facility to achieve and maintain their Center of Excellence level.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Craig Floch, Dr. Neil Floch, and Dr. Abe Fridman are the Surgeons of Excellence at Norwalk Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport and Griffin Hospital in Derby Connecticut . Any further questions concerning MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Centers can be viewed on the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery website (https://asmbs.org) or the American College of Surgeons website (https://www.facs.org).

 

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