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MFA Division of Bariatric Surgery Named Center of Excellence for High-Quality Care In Bariatric Surgery
Date:11/5/2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) Division of Bariatric Surgery announced today that it 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 division of Bariatric Surgery 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 division of Bariatric Surgery 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 and the inherent risks and the opportunities available to greatly improve the health of this patient population, we recognize the need to implement a systematic approach to improving quality," said Dr. Paul Lin, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief and Program Director of the Division of General Surgery at the MFA. "At MFA's Division of Bariatric Surgery, we believe that the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs to g
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