Bariatric Counseling Center Awarded Gold Seal Accreditation


PRESS CONTACT: Dr Sara Hamilton,

Bariatric Counseling Center Awarded Behavioral Modification Accreditation from The Joint Commission

(SAN ANTONIO, TX, July 18, 2023) – The Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on June 15 and 16, 2023. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with standards spanning several areas, including stringent adherence to medical principles, continual training of staff and commitment to providing updated, useful information to clients.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a health care accreditor, The Joint Commission works with health care organizations across settings to help improve patient safety and quality of care through our expert resources and tools, innovative solutions and rigorous standards,” said Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, interim executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Bariatric Counseling Center for its commitment to advance safety and quality for all patients.”

“We value the standards set by The Joint Commission and its commitment to ensuring that organizations deliver a high quality of service to patients. We are proud to again receive the Gold Seal of Approval for Accreditation and were proud to share our work with The Joint Commission team.” — Sara Hamilton, PsyD

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

The Bariatric Counseling Center is an innovative intensive outpatient behavioral healthcare program exclusively designed to help people struggling with obesity, over-eating, emotional eating and weight loss. Offering group and individual therapy, dietary guidance, culinary instruction, mindful eating and physical activity education in an integrated multidisciplinary format, the program empowers and enables individuals to understand and change their relationship with food and movement. Tools are provided to achieve sustained behavioral change and improved health, weight, and quality of life for the long-term.

The center, with a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and a beautiful, welcoming environment, is staffed by a diverse and compassionate team of healthcare professionals, including psychologists, dietitians, professional counselors, physical therapists and nurses, as well as an executive chef, all dedicated to making the journey toward a healthier lifestyle a successful one. The intensive outpatient program is covered by most health insurance plans. Programming is offered both on-site and virtually.