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Hospital’s Center for Bariatric Surgery earns national accreditation by the American College of Surgeons

[August 05 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Center for Bariatric Surgery has been accredited as a Level 1 facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

This achievement means The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s (HCC’s) bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its patients. Accredited centers provide the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, along with support and resources to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, from the pre-hospital phase through postoperative care and treatment. For ACS BSCN accreditation, each hospital undergoes an on-site verification by experienced bariatric surgeons, who review the center’s structure, process, and quality of data.

“We’re very pleased to earn ACS BSCN accreditation, which recognizes the high level of care we provide, the expertise of our staff and the comprehensiveness of our program,” says Carlos Barba, M.D., FACS, bariatric surgeon and medical director of HCC’s Center for Bariatric Surgery.

HCC now has dual national designations/accreditations; in June the hospital was designated a Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, following a rigorous program review by the Surgical Review Corporation.

In addition to bariatric surgeons, the hospital’s Center for Bariatric Surgery is staffed by Bariatric Coordinator Paula O’Neil, R.N., B.S.N., CBN, registered dietitians, behavioral psychologists, nurses, and clinical exercise physiologists.

Since 2005, HCC has offered bariatric surgery for patients who, among other criteria, are severely (morbidly) obese, have not achieved success using conventional medical weight-loss methods, and have obesity-related medical problem(s). HCC offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy, and in 2010 conducted more than 300 bariatric surgical procedures.

The hospital’s weight-loss program distinguishes itself with a focus on metabolic services, says Dino Costanzo, HCC’s administrative director of Metabolic Services. This focus integrates diabetes management, bone health, and exercise with weight-loss services to provide comprehensive care to patients with multiple health conditions.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recognized HCC’s Center for Bariatric Surgery and allows expanded Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other obesity-related health problems. Medicare coverage has been limited to procedures performed in facilities certified by the American College of Surgeons or the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

HCC’s Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weigh Your Options program are at 11 South Road, Suite 130, Farmington. For information, call 1-866-668-5070.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 77,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Contact: Nancy Martin, (860) 224-5900, X4366

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