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Format: 04/24/2014
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West Penn Allegheny Bariatric Surgery Program named a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

PITTSBURGH - The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has designated West Penn Allegheny Health System’s Bariatric Surgery program a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®, a designation that recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

The designation is just the latest honor for West Penn Allegheny’s Bariatric Surgery program under the leadership of Daniel J. Gagné, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Director of the West Penn Bariatric Surgery Center. Dr. Gagne’s program at West Penn Hospital has been rated by HealthGrades as Pennsylvania’s No. 1 bariatric surgery program for four years running, 2007-2011. It was also re-accredited earlier this year by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons.

In January 2011, West Penn Allegheny’s Bariatric Surgery Program will move from its base at West Penn Hospital to Allegheny General Hospital as part of the System’s urban consolidation plan.

Together with bariatric surgeon Jorge E. Urbandt, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Dr. Gagne oversees a team of certified physician assistants, psychologists, dietitians, and other support staff to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive care possible. Drs. Gagné and Urbandt perform laparoscopic bariatric procedures, including gastric bypass, adjustable banding procedures, and revisional weight loss surgery.
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. According to a 2007 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries has grown from 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 in 2005. Clinical evidence shows that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications,

To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, West Penn’s Bariatric Surgery Center underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes analyzed. Centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

“It is a great honor to earn the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation,” Dr. Gagne said. “Our focus at has always been on providing compassionate, personalized care of the highest quality and innovation.”

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence,
formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence must comply and thoroughly evaluates programs for designation. Those whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC for ASMBS are recommended for designation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 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.

Surgeons with ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation demonstrate the highest competency and record of success in helping patients achieve optimal outcomes.

Drs. Gagné and Urbandt are leaders in the field, having performed more than 2,000 surgeries. They have also published 50 papers and book chapters on weight loss surgery and have given more than 120 presentations nationally and throughout the world.
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’s
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 ASMBS.org.

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) 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. To accelerate best practices development for the treatment of morbid obesity and its associated conditions, SRC launched center of excellence programs for bariatric surgery and developed the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD). SRC has already designated nearly 650 surgeons as well as more than 350 hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities, and BOLD is now the world’s largest repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient data. For more information, visit surgicalreview.org.

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