The only hospital in Orange County to be recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program with this designation.

Garnet Health Medical Center, formerly Orange Regional Medical Center, is proud to announce that its Bariatric Surgery Program has achieved the highest designation possible as a Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). 

“Being recognized as a Bariatric Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications validates the high level of work done within the program,” said Garnet Health Medical Center’s Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery Dr. Seth Judd. “Patients can take comfort in knowing that they are receiving excellent care.”

Garnet Health Medical Center is the only local hospital in Orange County to pass a rigorous inspection and clearance, having met all of the standards required by the MBSAQIP Bariatric Surgery Steering Committee to achieve the additional designation of Obesity Medicine Qualifications.

The addition of Obesity Medicine Qualifications is a natural progression for Garnet Health Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery program which opened in 2008 and received Bariatric Center of Excellence accreditation in 2011. Re-accreditations occurred every three years after inspections completed by bariatric surgeon inspectors in 2014 and 2017.  

Garnet Health Medical Center’s Bariatric Program is committed to Garnet Health’s mission, vision and values. This additional division of the bariatric program provides patients with a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of obesity through non-surgical techniques, incorporating guidance and support from the Obesity Medicine Director, Registered Dietitian, Behavioral Health Therapist, and life-style counselor throughout treatment.    
MBSAQIP® is a joint quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP Standards, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care, which improves outcomes and long-term success. 
Garnet Health Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery Program has been recognized by Heathgrades for Superior Performance with the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award recognition for 5 Years in a Row, is a Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 7 Years in a Row and is among the top 10 percent in the nation for Bariatric Surgery. 

For more information about the Bariatric Surgery Program or Obesity Medicine Management Program, call Bariatric Program Director, Janet Klein, at 845-333-2123 or visit

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest organization for metabolic and bariatric surgeons in the world, with more than 4,200 members. It is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery. The ASMBS is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about metabolic and bariatric surgery, including the associated risks and benefits, as a treatment option for obesity.

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Garnet Health Medical Center features seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 383 beds and employs approximately 3,300 healthcare professionals.

In addition to inpatient services, highlights of Garnet Health Medical Center include a cancer center and a five-story outpatient services building on the main campus, featuring Garnet Health Doctors with primary care and specialty physicians, urgent care, outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and more. Garnet Health Medical Center was named by Healthgrades as one of the 100 best hospitals nationally for cardiac intervention and General Surgery and was a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Garnet Health Medical Center also achieved the Healthgrades 2019, 2020 and 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ placing the hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance. It is a designated Magnet hospital recognizing excellence in Nursing; a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite; and its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system has achieved Stage 7 which is the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model. Garnet Health Medical Center is an Academic Affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is also a member of Garnet Health, the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Medical Center Foundation and Garnet Health – Catskills Foundation. Garnet Health is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. 

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