Joel Sebastien, MD, FACS and Lars Nelson, MD

East Coast Bariatrics at Halifax Health Earns Top Accreditation as a Comprehensive Bariatric Facility

  • by halifax
  • February 13, 2017
  • Categories: Blog, Mom Mental Health and Wellbeing, Podcast, Press Release, Uncategorized, Video

(February 13, 2017) – East Coast Bariatrics at Halifax Health has been granted full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

This accreditation demonstrates the commitment of East Coast Bariatrics at Halifax Health to deliver the highest quality of care for bariatric surgery patients.  To earn accreditation, East Coast Bariatrics met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a safe bariatric surgical care program and measure up to the institutional performance requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP accreditation standards.

The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.

Led by surgeons Joel Sebastien, MD, FACS, director of bariatric surgery, and Lars Nelson, MD, East Coast Bariatrics is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of professionals that includes physicians, nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists and mental health professionals.  More than a surgical weight loss program, East Coast Bariatrics’ team of experts focus on providing comprehensive support throughout a patient’s weight-loss journey.

Surgical weight loss solutions performed by East Coast Bariatrics at Halifax Health include: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Duodenal Switch, Lapband Surgery and ORBERA® Non-Surgical Weight Loss Balloon.  All procedures are done laparoscopically with minimum down time.

For those interested in learning more about bariatric surgery and if they are a candidate, East Coast Bariatrics offers free information sessions at the following locations in Volusia and Brevard counties:

  • Daytona Beach – Every Thursday at 6 p.m. – HalifaxHealthMedicalCenter of Daytona Beach, FranceTower, 303 N. Clyde Morris Boulevard
  • Orange City – Every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. – Florida Health Care Plans, 2777 Enterprise Road
  • Titusville – Every other Monday at 6 p.m. – Florida Health Care Plans, 1021 S. Washington Avenue

To reserve a seat at a free information session, or for more information on East Coast Bariatrics at Halifax Health, call 386.238.3205.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit

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