St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center Achieves Recertification as a Bariatric Center of Excellence Friday March 14, 2014 Recognition demonstrates a measurable commitment to quality To download a pdf of this news release, please click here. Florence, KY—St. Elizabeth Florence and its Weight Management Center have been re-designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The ASMBS grants the designation only to bariatric surgery programs and facilities that meet the rigorous clinical requirements and have the best patient outcomes throughout the country. To retain the center of excellence (COE) designation, St. Elizabeth participated in an extensive review in which all processes for bariatric surgical patients were closely examined and case volumes and data on health outcomes were analyzed. St. Elizabeth and other COEs track their statistical data to prove their outstanding quality of patient care is maintained in accordance to the stringent COE requirements. “We are proud of the life-changing results performed at our hospital through the Weight Management Center,” says Chris Carle, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, St. Elizabeth Florence. “This designation represents the quality care provided and our excellent results that improve and/or resolve diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, to name a few conditions,” added Dr. Ryan Moon, Bariatric Surgeon and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director. Obesity increases the risk of mortality from a number of serious conditions, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, respiratory problems, and type II diabetes. Bariatric surgery and significant weight loss can reduce or eliminate many of these medical conditions, as well as improve overall quality of life. Bariatric surgery is proven to be the most effective, long-term treatment for morbid obesity. The American Diabetes Association now recommends considering bariatric surgery as a treatment for people with type II diabetes and a BMI of 35 and over. Centers of excellence facilities compared to facilities performing lower volumes of cases had lower mortality, shorter hospital stays, lower overall complications, and lower costs. “ASMBS accreditation formally acknowledges commitment to providing quality improvement and patient safety for bariatric surgery patients,” says David Provost, M.D., member of the ASMBS Executive Council. “Accredited programs have demonstrated they meet the needs of bariatric surgery patients by providing multi-disciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.” For more information about the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center, please call (859) 212-GOAL (4625) or visit www.stelizabeth.com/weightmanagementcenter.