Laredo Medical Center’s Weight Loss Program
recognized for high-quality care in bariatric surgery
The ASMBS designates center a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
Officials with Laredo Medical Center are proud to announce its LMC Weight Loss Program has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®.
The 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, the Laredo Medical Center’s Weight Loss 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. Officials with the Laredo Medical Center’s Weight Loss Program and other centers that receive 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 and the inherent risks and the opportunities available greatly improve the health of this patient population, we recognize the need to implement a systematic approach to improving quality,” said Tim Schmidt, CEO at Laredo Medical Center.
“At Laredo Medical Center we believe that the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs to get even better. We have done our part, and we urge our peers to join the effort.”
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which the Laredo Medical Center’s Weight Loss Program 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. At Laredo Medical Center, bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael C. Morris demonstrates the willingness to take the extra step by delivering compassionate care, good surgical outcomes, and long-term patient support.
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
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 SRC, is working to align the common interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers, all of whom suffer when complications develop after surgical care.
To learn more about surgical weight loss, the public is invited to attend a free monthly weight-loss seminar at Laredo Medical Center. To find out the date of the next seminar, call (956) 796-2662. You can also visit our website for more information on LMC’s Weight Loss Program at www.laredomedical.com.