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Saint Luke's Center for Surgical Weight Loss achieves national recognition

February 24, 2010

The Saint Luke's Center for Surgical Weight Loss has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®.

The bariatric center of excellence program was founded on the need to recognize the surgeons and facilities that provide superior bariatric surgery patient care and promote optimal levels of performance. To qualify, Saint Luke's center 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. Centers receiving the designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathway, protocols and outcomes data.

Saint Luke's Center for Surgical Weight Loss opened in 2007 and has performed more than 300 surgeries to help patients reduce severe obesity and resolve related medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, infertility, asthma, cardiopulmonary failure, and sleep apnea. Surgical options include gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. The center offers a comprehensive approach to care with a team that provides education, nutritional guidance and access to psychological support and exercise specialists.

“Obesity is one of our most serious national health issues with more than 66 percent of all U.S. adults overweight or morbidly obese today,” said John Price, M.D., medical director, Saint Luke's Center for Surgical Weight Loss. “This certification underscores Saint Luke's commitment to offer patients an optimal experience with the best possible surgical outcomes in a compassionate, comprehensive program.”

For more information on the Saint Luke's Center for Surgical Weight Loss, call 816-932-5100.

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, the 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, go to ASMBS.org.