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Englewood Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Care in Bariatric Surgery Comprehensive Program Earns “Center of Excellence” Designation

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The prestigious designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable patient outcomes in bariatric surgery.

Citing clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASMBS created its Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program to recognize high-performing bariatric surgery centers, such as that found at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

“The bariatric program at Englewood Hospital uses a rigid and systematic approach to ensure we provide the highest quality care to our patients,” said Ibrahim Ibrahim, MD, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Englewood Hospital. “We’re honored to receive this designation, which underscores our ongoing commitment to helping our patients overcome the health risks caused by morbid obesity and live longer, happier lives.”

“The excellence of our bariatric program is in keeping with the wide range of world-class clinical programs we offer at our Medical Center,” said Douglas A. Duchak, Englewood Hospital President and CEO. “We congratulate all involved in this program on this important Center of Excellence designation.”

Obesity has become a significant national health issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 66% of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage these conditions. Surgeons with ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, including those at Englewood Hospital, provide top-quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient to the best of their abilities.

Englewood Hospital earned the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation by undergoing a series of site inspections by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), which formulates and establishes for ASMBS the rigorous standards with which Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence must comply. During the inspections, SRC closely examined all aspects of the program’s surgical processes and collected data on health outcomes. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, Englewood Hospital agrees to continue to share information with ASBSM on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes.

Bariatric surgery at Englewood Hospital is offered in a safe hospital environment through the Medical Center’s Weight Management Institute. Using innovative bloodless surgery techniques, our Board-certified surgeons perform a full range of surgeries, including gastric bypass surgery, same-day minimally invasive gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy.  The Institute’s comprehensive program also includes free, informational seminars to prepare prospective patients and answer their questions; size-friendly accommodations including extra-wide patient/visitor seating and wheelchairs and safe-patient lifting and moving equipment; and post-surgery support, including nutrition and exercise guidance, ongoing support groups and compassionate follow up care.

For a referral to a bariatric surgeon at Englewood Hospital, or for information on our informative bariatric surgery informational seminars, call 866.980.EHMC (3462).

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
An affiliate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs offering the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is world-renowned for its bloodless medicine and cardiac and vascular surgery programs and is a leader in breast care, oncology and joint-replacement services. To learn more, visit www.englewoodhospital.com.

About American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ABMBS) is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals. For more information, visit www.ASMBS.org.

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SERC) 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. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.