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Published on August 07, 2008

Abington Memorial Hospital's Bariatric Services

New Name, New Location, New Designation- Same Outstanding Program

ABINGTON, PA (August 7, 2008) - Abington Memorial Hospital's Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (IMBS), formerly know as the Surgical Weight Loss Center, has relocated to a larger facility at the hospital's Warminster Campus.

The program continues to offer a high quality comprehensive approach to weight loss that features a full range of services, including several of the latest surgical options, ongoing support and counseling; an exercise program; and a nutrition plan and a lifetime of follow-up care. However, the name has been changed to reflect the commitment to treating metabolic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obstructive sleep apnea.

The new 9,000 square foot outpatient center in Warminster boasts additional exam rooms, a treatment room, physical therapy room, library, conference room, large waiting room and much needed office space. Bariatric surgeries are performed at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington.

"Our new outpatient facility provides our patients with many of the services they need in one convenient location," says Fernando B. Bonanni, Jr., M.D., director, Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. "We treat the whole patient. Weight loss surgery is just one of the tools to achieve a healthier lifestyle."

The hospital is also proud to announce that the IMBS 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.

To earn a Center of Excellence designation, the Institute for Metabolic and 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 were collected. IMBS and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

"The center of excellence designation is a well-deserved and befitting honor to the staff of Abington Memorial Hospital's Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery who have proven their outstanding effort and accomplishments in providing safe, highest quality, patient-friendly care to their patients," said John Kukora, M.D., chair, Department of Surgery.

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which IMBS and other Centers of Excellence must comply. It thoroughly inspects and evaluates each candidate for designation, and upon review, recommends approval of designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC for ASMBS.

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 and diabetes.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is an independent 570-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,000 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, maternal child health and surgery.

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, please visit http://www.asmbs.org/.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the delivery of surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency and safety. SRC administers the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The program is endorsed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and numerous other health insurers around the country. Data from SRC's highly advanced and intricate database, BOLDTM, will facilitate the formation of standards of care for the obese and diabetic patient population.

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