Des Peres Hospital Designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence 
 
 

(St. Louis) -- Des Peres Hospital today announced that it has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellenceâ (BSCOE).  The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

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, Des Peres Hospital’s MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program 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.  Des Peres Hospital 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 Des Peres Hospital 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 U.S. 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.

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 the SRC is working to align the common interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers, all of whom suffer when complications develop after surgical care.

About American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest society for this specialty in the world.  Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals.  The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to: pursue investigations in both the clinic and the laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance.  For more information about ASMBS, go to www.ASMBS.org.

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to assessing and improving the efficacy, efficiency and safety of surgical and related health care.  SRC administers the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and launched a SRC international bariatric COE program in 2007.  The ASMBS BSCOE program is endorsed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and numerous other health insurers around the country.  There are currently more than 600 BSCOE surgeons over 300 BSCOE hospitals in the U.S.  Data from SCR’s highly advanced and intricate database, BOLD, will facilitate the development of care pathways for the obese and diabetic patient population.  For more information, go to www.surgicalreview.org.


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