Collaborative Bariatric Surgery programs earn Center of Excellence Designation

Harbin Clinic and Floyd Medical Center announced today that their collaborative Bariatric Surgery programs have earned Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Dr. J. Ryland Scott, a Harbin Clinic surgeon, directs the Harbin Clinic Bariatric Center and is the Medical Director and primary surgeon for Floyd Center for Bariatric Services.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of excellent outcomes in bariatric surgery by providing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program committed to patient outcomes and safety.

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 Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designation Dr. Scott, Harbin, and Floyd 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.   Dr. Scott, Harbin, Floyd and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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, diabetes, joint disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease and cancer.

Bariatric surgery can help obese patients manage these conditions and has been shown to enhance quality of life and longevity.  By definition, ASMBS Center of Excellence® designees provide top-quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient.  Dr. J. Ryland Scott, FACS demonstrates this commitment to quality by ensuring a thorough, individualized pre-operative education and evaluation process, assembling a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to support patients along their journey to improved health, and partnering with the Floyd Center for Bariatric Services to provide specialty bariatric nursing care, expertise, and support while staying at the luxurious Palatine Suites.