Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – (St. Louis) – Des Peres Hospital announced that it has been recognized as a CIGNA Certified Hospital for bariatric surgery. This designation means that the hospital has met CIGNA’s rigorous quality standards as well as nationally recognized medical standards.

CIGNA Certified Hospital Surgeons

The three bariatric surgeons who are part of the hospital’s bariatric program, Richard Follwell, DO, Darin Minkin, DO, and Norbert Richardson, MD, have also met the standard to be CIGNA Certified Providers for bariatric surgery.

“We are pleased that our hospital and our surgeons have been recognized by CIGNA for the high quality care that we provide,” said Michele C. Meyer, chief executive officer of Des Peres Hospital. “Our physicians and staff work very hard to provide quality patient care, and this recognition is evidence of the high standard of care we deliver every day.”

The CIGNA designation is based on multiple criteria including, but not limited to full approval by the Surgical Review Corporation and/or by the American College of Surgeons, meeting CIGNA clinical outcomes thresholds for complications, mortality, re-admissions within 30 days of discharge and re-operation within 30 days after initial operation, range of obesity services, and number of bariatric surgery procedures performed.