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Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber recognized for high-quality care in weight loss surgery

The ASMBS Designates Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

WINDBER, Pa. – Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber announced today that they have been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

This is a significant accomplishment for our bariatric program and we’re very proud of the entire bariatric program staff. We refer often to our commitment to patient-centered care set forth by the principles of Planetree. This type of independent recognition as a center of excellence only reaffirms to us that we are taking the right approach to offering the residents of our region the best quality care possible.

According to a report released in 2007 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries has grown from 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 performed in 2005. Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.

To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Windber Medical Center and other Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence must comply, thoroughly inspects and evaluates each candidate for designation, and upon review recommends approval of designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC for ASMBS.

Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 66 percent of all US adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage these conditions. By definition, surgeons with ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation practice only top quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient to the best of their abilities. At Windber Medical Center, we demonstrate this willingness to take the extra step by requiring ongoing training and education of all staff involved in the care of bariatric patients. We have developed extensive pathways for providing streamlined and safe care and meet monthly to provide quality oversight and improvement of our program.

As a pioneering organization, designating Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence based on top quality care and efficacious outcomes, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, with the help of SRC, is working to align the common interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers, all of whom suffer when complications develop after surgical care. For questions about our program please call 814-467-3903 or visit our Web site at www.windbercare.org.

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