Texas Health Denton Named Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
01/14/2010

DENTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton announced recently that it has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. 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, Texas Health Denton 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.

“Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and the inherent risks, we recognized the need to implement a systematic approach to improving quality,” said Sharon Dingman, RN, BSN, MS, VP/Chief Nursing Officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. “At Texas Health Denton we believe that the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs to get even better.”

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Texas Health Denton 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 US 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.

“The recent designation confirms the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest level of care to patients undergoing weight-loss surgery”, says David Provost, M.D., F.A.C.S., bariatric surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. “The designation also provides local access for bariatric surgery to Medicare beneficiaries, and offers multiple options to all patients considering weight loss surgery, including laparascopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparscopic adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, as well as revisional, complicated and high-risk procedures.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital serving North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. The hospital’s services include emergency services, medical imaging, surgical services, cardiovascular services and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, non-profit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has approximately 890 employees and an active medical staff of more than 300 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.

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, visit ASMBS.org.

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, non-profit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care worldwide. To accelerate best practices development for the treatment of morbid obesity and its associated conditions, SRC launched center of excellence programs for bariatric surgery and developed the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD). SRC has already designated nearly 650 surgeons as well as more than 350 hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities, and BOLD is now the world’s largest repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient data. For more information, visit surgicalreview.org.