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Presbyterian Hospital of Plano Named Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
02/27/2008

PLANO, Texas – Presbyterian Hospital of Plano has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, one of the highest distinctions for weight-loss surgery programs in the United States, by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The designation recognizes comprehensive surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable patient outcomes in bariatric surgery. PHP’s Weight Loss Surgery Program underwent an extensive review of clinical practices, patient outcomes and facility compliance with ASMBS standards before receiving the distinction.

“Being named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence requires an enormous commitment on the part of the hospital, as well as the dedication of a group of specialists trained in the long-term treatment of obesity,” said Dr. A. Joseph Cribbins III, a bariatric surgeon on the medical staff of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP) and medical director of the Weight Loss Surgery Program.

“The hospital’s multidisciplinary team includes nutritionists, counselors, nurses, physical therapists and more who provide assistance to the patient’s physicians. Working together, we are able to address the full spectrum of each patient’s weight-loss needs and come up with a long-term treatment plan specific for each individual.”

To earn an ASMBS Center of Excellence designation, the PHP Weight Loss Surgery Program had to demonstrate that it provides the latest in surgical procedures as well as follow-up treatment for five years after a patient’s surgery. The clinical staff was evaluated to ensure they are capable of caring for both the physical and emotional demands of bariatric surgery patients.

The process for identifying appropriate candidates for surgery also was reviewed. At PHP, patients undergo a battery of preoperative tests to determine if each patient is ready for surgery. Furniture, hospital equipment, instruments and imaging resources also were analyzed to ensure they meet the special needs of this patient population, who routinely exceed their ideal body weight by 100 pounds.

“For patients, the Center of Excellence designation represents the opinion of an outside organization that PHP and its medical staff are fully qualified and capable of providing quality care in this very specialized field,” said Dr. Stephen Hamn, a bariatric surgeon on the medical staff of PHP. “Our program focuses on much more than the surgery itself, including teaching the patient how to use bariatric surgery as a starting point in changing behaviors, so that sustained outcomes will be achieved.”

In addition to ongoing education for all patients, the PHP program offers monthly support group meetings for patients to share their experiences and learn from others who have undergone bariatric surgery.

Surgeries offered through the PHP program include laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND® Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band surgery and Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve.

Bariatric surgeons Cribbins and Hamn, as well as Dr. Harry Meyers, also were recognized as part of the ASMBS’s Center of Excellence designation at PHP.

About 129 million adults in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. If untreated, obesity increases the risk of acquiring a number of chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, joint diseases, pulmonary diseases, infertility, stroke and certain cancers.

“We are very proud of our hospital, our multidisciplinary team and the physicians on the medical staff who have strived long and hard to achieve this important designation,” said Philip M. Wentworth, president of PHP. “Designation by ASMBS is a tremendous accomplishment and a milestone for PHP. It reflects the outstanding quality of care and expertise in bariatric surgery that we offer our patients.”

About Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP)
Established in 1991, PHP is a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources. PHP is a recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to patients. Key services offered include orthopedics, cardiovascular, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. The 370-bed facility has more than 1,600 employees and a medical staff of 1,200 physicians. For more information about PHP, visit www.phscare.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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