SMDC program receives accreditation

The St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic has earned a second accreditation for its weight management program, according to a news release from the health care operation.

The program, which includes a weight loss surgery on a person’s midsection, was accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons. Last year, the program was accredited as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

“We’re honored that our growing program has earned accreditation from two professional organizations with high standards for surgical outcomes and comprehensive patient care,’’ Tracy Pitt a SMDC bariatric surgeon said in a prepared statement. “The main focus of our team is comprehensive care for our patients, before, during and after surgery.”

The accolades come after an on-site visit from the American College of Surgeons to appraise the center.