Surgical Weight Loss Center Renews Designation
September 27, 2010
Compassion and precision net great outcomes and low complication rates
Decatur, GA -- DeKalb Medical’s Surgical Weight Loss Center has earned renewal as a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This certification recognizes the Center's consistent achievement of outstanding outcomes and low complication rates for large volumes of patients.
Eighty-five percent of DeKalb Medical's patients lose at least 70 percent of their excess weight, and almost 90 percent of patients who have Laparascopic or lap Roux-En-Y gastric bypass will have resolution of Type 2 Diabetes, according to Scott Steinberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of bariatric surgery. In addition to these successes, the Center's complication rates are well below national average.
In April, the Surgical Weight Loss Center underwent a rigorous quality inspection by the ASMBS and the Surgical Review Corporation to renew the designation. The Surgical Review Corporation developed and administers best-in-class Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence programs worldwide. “Our renewal as a Center of Excellence is the result of the individual commitment of every single member of our team to understanding the full scope of a bariatric patient’s needs and ensuring the care is delivered with compassion and precision. I am extremely proud of this accomplishment and know that our patients will continue to benefit from this outstanding program,” says Steinberg.
About DeKalb Medical
A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, DeKalb Medical is a non-profit health system serving half a million patients annually. Founded in Atlanta in 1961, the System includes the 451-bed DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, which was named in the top 5% of all U.S. hospitals for clinical excellence by HealthGrades® in 2009 and 2010 and in the top 10% of all U.S. hospitals for overall orthopedic services in 2010.
DeKalb Medical at North Decatur is also 5-Star rated by HealthGrades for Heart Attack Treatment (2007-2010), Total Joint Replacement (2010) Hip Fracture Repair (2009-2010), Total Knee Replacement (2010), Peripheral Vascular Bypass (2009-2010), and Treatment of Sepsis (2009-2010). In addition, the System also operates the 40-bed DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur and the 100-bed DeKalb Medical at Hillandale in Lithonia. For more information on DeKalb Medical, visit www.dekalbmedical.org
Tori Vogt, Media Relations Coordinator