Lovelace Westside Hospital Attains National Accreditation in Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program

ALBUQUERQUE – October 9, 2023 – Lovelace Westside Hospital (LWSH) received accreditation 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), demonstrating its commitment to ensuring the safe and effective performance of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

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, like diabetes, sleep apnea, and others. Research shows accredited centers experience lower complications, and better outcomes than that of non-accredited facilities.

“Lovelace Westside Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and earning this accreditation shows our commitment to the health of our patients,” said Derrick Jones, chief executive officer of LWSH. “The end goal is to ensure more people in our community can experience longer, healthier lives.”

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Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System  
Phone: 505.727.5503  

Lovelace Westside Hospital
For over 39 years, Lovelace Westside Hospital (LWSH) has been committed to offering Rio Rancho and Westside residents of Albuquerque high quality, convenient care. The 92-bed acute care facility includes a 24-hour emergency department where patients typically see a provider in 30 minutes or less. LWSH is recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for its commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for stroke patients, earning the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll for 2021 - 2023. The hospital offers services tailored to everyone in the family, including surgical services, sleep studies, bariatrics and more. Money and the Leapfrog Group named LWSH to their list for 2022 Best Hospitals and Surgery Centers for Billing Ethics, showing its dedication to delivering the highest quality of care for patients, while ensuring adherence to the maximum ethical standards for billing. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Westside Hospital, visit