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Published on November 17, 2015

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health Recognized for Quality Bariatric Surgery

Blue Distinction Center - Bariatric SurgeryABINGTON, PA (November 17, 2015) – Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health has been recognized for the second time by Independence Blue Cross with a Blue Distinction® Center designation in the area of bariatric surgery as part of the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety as well as bariatric-specific quality measures. The healthcare facility must also have earned national accreditations at both the facility level and the bariatric care-specific level.

Abington Hospital is proud to be recognized by Independence Blue Cross for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“This designation is a direct reflection of Abington Hospital’s commitment to the highest levels of standards for bariatric surgery,” said Fernando B. Bonanni Jr., MD, director of Abington – Jefferson Health’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared to non-designated organizations.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.

For more information about bariatric services at Abington Hospital, call 215-481-2204.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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