MARQUETTE -In September, the Marquette General Surgical Weight Loss Center received a national designation for excellence in bariatric surgery.
It was named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, which recognizes programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
To earn the designation, the weight loss center underwent a series of site inspections during which the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.
Dr. Wayne English, left, talks to Marcy Kusz during her check-up at Marquette General Hospital. (Journal file photo by Christopher Diem)
"This designation reaffirms the commitment, expertise, and quality of care and services we provide to our patients," said Marquette General Health System President and CEO Gary Muller, in a statement. "I thank Dr. English and his exceptional multidisciplinary team who are focused on improving the health of our patients."
The center, at Marquette General Hospital, offers a comprehensive approach to treatment led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Wayne English, a specialist in weight loss surgery. English heads a team of medical experts in surgery, anesthesiology, health psychology, nursing, nutrition and exercise. The team provides continuous support before and after surgery to help patients with the physical, emotional and social issues associated with morbid obesity.
The Surgical Review Corporation, an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates the standards with which Centers of Excellence must comply. Also, Medicare requires that any Medicare patient wishing to pursue bariatric surgery must do so at a facility that is designated as a Center of Excellence by the ASMBS.
Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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 can help obese patients manage these serious conditions," said English. "Surgical treatment, when combined with behavior modification, offers hope to those who have tried repeatedly to lose the excess weight and keep it off. Our comprehensive program is designed to make sure that these patients are mentally and physically prepared for surgery and their new lifestyle."
The Marquette General Surgical Weight Loss Center also offers free monthly bariatric surgery support groups and free bariatric surgery seminars presented by leading professionals. For more information about the center, call 225-7979, or (888) 655-7979.