(April 14, 2011) - Memorial Health
Bariatrics, the weight-loss surgery program at Memorial
University Medical Center, has been renewed as a Center of
Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery (ASMBS). The program was first designated a Center of
Excellence in 2008.
Memorial Health Bariatrics is a comprehensive surgery,
education, and support program for people who are morbidly obese.
To earn the Center of Excellence designation, Memorial Health
Bariatrics went through a series of site inspections in which its
surgical processes were closely examined. Memorial Health
Bariatrics also submitted data on its patient outcomes.
The ASMBS Centers of Excellence program was created after
clinical evidence showed that the most experienced and best-run
bariatric surgery programs have the lowest complication rates. The
program recognizes facilities that perform well and encourages
surgeons and hospitals to constantly improve the quality and safety
of the care they provide.
"Receiving this designation for a second time is a great honor.
It's also a reflection of our commitment to providing the highest
level of care and safety for our patients," said Oliver Whipple,
M.D., bariatric surgeon and medical director of Memorial Health
Bariatrics. According to the ASMBS, there has been a substantial
increase in the total number of bariatric surgeries performed
annually in the United States. In 2004, there 140,640 bariatric
surgeries and in 2008, the number increased to 220,000.
The ASMBS is the largest society for this specialty in the
world. Founded in 1983, the purpose of the society is to advance
the art and science of bariatric surgery.
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organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
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