Baylor Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program is Recognized for Quality Care in Bariatric Surgery

The ASMBS Designates Baylor Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program as a Center of Excellence

The Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The ASMBS Center of Excellence 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 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 Center of Excellence designation, the Baylor Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program 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. The Baylor Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data. 

"Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity, we recognize the need and opportunity to help improve the health and quality of life of this patient population," said Jerri Garison, president, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. "We believe that the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving our program to continually seek to provide quality care to our community." 

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which the Baylor Plano Weight Loss Surgery Program and other 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 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, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage these conditions. 

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano 
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is a 128-bed acute care hospital committed to serving North Texas residents with personalized care and advanced technology on a beautiful campus with hotel-like amenities and all private rooms. Services at the not-for-profit, fully-accredited facility include treatment for advanced spine deformities at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, neurosciences, orthopaedics, medical and radiation oncology, surgical weight loss, women's services, gynecology, urology, gastroenterology, pulmonary, sleep disorders, pain management, diabetes management and more. Baylor Plano offers patients access to digital imaging and is the first hospital in North Dallas and Collin County to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for gynecology and prostate procedures through the FDA-approved da Vinci® S Surgical System. The hospital has won several quality awards including the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence and is designated a Nurse-FriendlyTM hospital by Texas Nurses Association. Jerri Garison is president of Baylor Plano. For fiscal year 2007, the faith-based Baylor Health Care System will report $390* million in community benefits to the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

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*Represents preliminary information that will be reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System¹s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano or Baylor Health Care System

Contact: Susan Hall, (214) 820-1817 or Janeen Browning (469) 814-2107
Email: SusanH@baylorhealth.edu or janeenbr@baylorhealth.edu 

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