St. Vincent's Bariatric Surgery Center is Recognized as “Center of Excellence®"
St. Vincent's Medical Center has been approved as a Bariatric Center of Excellence ® by the Surgical Review Corporation in support from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Bariatric or weight loss surgery helps clinically obese patients by surgically restricting food intake or interrupting the digestive process in order to promote weight loss.
"I would not go to a Medical Center that was not a center of excellence if I needed Bariatric surgery," said Douglas A. Ross, MD, Chairman of Surgery, and Vice President of the Surgical Service Line at St. Vincent's.
"Caring for Bariatric Patients is quite specialized and becoming a center of excellence is not easy. It assures patients and their families that we are well prepared to take care of them. Our team of bariatric surgeons is second to none in the State," Dr. Ross said.
The "Center of Excellence®" designation recognizes surgical programs with excellent surgical outcomes and comprehensive services for patients. St. Vincent's Bariatric Surgery Center offers a comprehensive program to meet patients' medical, surgical, and emotional needs. Low-risk and minimally invasive weight loss surgery procedures are performed by weight loss surgeons supported by a team of nurses, dietitians and others.
The success of the program is based on positive outcomes and greatly enhanced by counseling in the nutrition, exercise and psychosocial aspects of obesity. The St. Vincent's team of experienced surgeons, doctors, anesthesiologists, operating room staff, nurses, nutritionists, and therapists know how to care for obese patients and are committed to taking care of them before, during and after their stay. According to the American Obesity Association obesity is a condition that has now reached epidemic proportions.
It is believed that over 60% of the American population is obese and that obesity contributes to 300,000-500,000 deaths a year. Life expectancy and quality of life are often reduced due to weight-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, depression and sleep apnea. St. Vincent's is committed to changing this pattern and helping patients succeed.
The Surgical Review Corporation's rigorous program awarded St. Vincent's the designation based on data collection of surgical outcomes and on-site inspections. For more information on St. Vincent's Bariatric Center or on surgical options for obesity, contact St. Vincent's Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847)
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