BROOKLYN, NY (July 26, 2011) – Maimonides Medical Center has once again been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

“This Center of Excellence designation is more than just an accolade for our Bariatric Surgery Program,” said Dr. Danny Sherwinter, Director of Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery at Maimonides. “It’s a reflection of our commitment to accommodating the needs of each and every one of our patients.”

To earn the prestigious Center of Excellence designation, Maimonides underwent a rigorous process, including a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the bariatric program’s surgical protocols were closely examined and data on health outcomes were collected and evaluated.

In addition to demonstrating clinical excellence and adherence to the strictest safety measures, Maimonides undertook a number of improvements and modifications to address the needs of larger patients. This included purchasing new equipment: exam tables, wheelchairs, stretchers, scales and toilets – with larger weight capacities.

Any obese patient requiring care at Maimonides – regardless of whether they arrive for bariatric surgery or some other medical condition – has specific physical needs. Maimonides Medical Center is now better positioned to meet those needs during the course of any patient’s stay.

“HealthGrades also has recognized our Bariatric Surgery program,” added Dr. Sherwinter, referring to that organization’s recently published ratings. “This is more great news for our patients. Achieving a Five-Star HealthGrades rating means that our outcomes are in the top 15% of the nation.”

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, also referred to as weight-loss surgery, is performed when patients have exhausted non-surgical weight-loss options and have a medical need for significant weight reduction. Candidates for surgery include: individuals suffering from morbid obesity, defined as a body mass index of or above 40; those who are 120 pounds above their ideal weight; people who are 80-100 pounds above ideal weight and have been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. When bariatric surgery is performed correctly, obese patients are better able to manage these conditions.

To attend a free informational seminar on weight loss surgery, please call (718) 283-7403.

Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 interns, residents and fellows annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For more information on the state-of-the-art clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, click here.

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