Monday, June 29, 2009 – (St. Louis) Des Peres Hospital was named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. This was a recognition for high-quality care.

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. Clinical evidence showing 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. As well as to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.

High Quality Care

To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program underwent many site inspections. During which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.  Des Peres Hospital agrees to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Des Peres Hospital 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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients. These conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Obese patients can manage their conditions better when bariatric surgery is performed correctly, therefore helping their conditions. By definition, surgeons with ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation practice only top-quality care. This ensures the efficacy of the procedure with each patient to the best of their abilities.

As a pioneering organization, designating Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence based on top quality care and efficacious outcomes. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, with the help of the SRC, is working to align the interest of all involved. They all suffer when complications develop after surgical care.

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’ 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, go to http://www.ASMBS.org.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to assessing and improving the efficacy, efficiency, and safety of surgical and related health care.  SRC administers the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and launched a SRC international bariatric COE program in 2007. The ASMBS BSCOE program is endorsed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The ASMBS BSCOE is also endorsed by numerous other health insurers around the country. There are currently more than 600 BSCOE surgeons over 300 BSCOE hospitals in the U.S.  Data from SCR’s intricate database will facilitate the development of care pathways for the obese and diabetic patient population.  For more information, go to http://www.surgicalreview.org.