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Media Contact: Tom Grant

Published on March 19, 2007

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Recognized For High-Quality Care In Treating Obesity

ASBS Designates Shady Grove's Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Program as a Center of Excellence

Obesity has become a significant national health issue with 64 percent of all U.S. adults considered overweight or obese.  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is taking steps to combat this issue with a bariatric surgery program that was designated this month as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS).

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, which reduces the size of the stomach to limit food intake, can help obese patients manage these conditions. In addition, the results can be visibly dramatic. The average person who has bariatric surgery loses 60 percent of excess body weight in 12 to 18 months.

"We saw the prevalence of obesity related health issues increasing in our own community and acted to establish a laparoscopic bariatric surgery program at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital," said Deborah A. Yancer, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital president.  "Bariatric surgery, while it has been proven to be very effective in treating obesity, comes with inherent risks as do all surgical procedures.  We want to do our part in optimizing the benefits and reducing the risks. That's why we have taken steps to hold ourselves up to the high-quality standards of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery."

According to a study released in July 2005 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of U.S. bariatric surgeries more than quadrupled between 1998 and 2002-from 13,386 to 71,733. Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASBS Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well. In addition, the ASBS program exists to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided. Rigorous standards for the designation are set forth by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence focuses on the involvement of a team of weight-loss professionals from the pre-operative preparation and post-operative support stages for as long as a patient my need assistance in achieving their goals. Program components include:

  • Patient and support person education
  • Exercise training
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Psychological evaluation and support
  • Medical clearance
  • Support group meetings
  • Life long follow-up

Shady Grove has committed extensive resources to providing a patient education focused approach to obesity surgery.  A nurse practitioner and nutritionist specially trained in bariatric surgery, provide patient education. Dedicated teams of specially trained personnel utilize advanced equipment designed for overweight patients.  A consistent operating room team and nursing staff have achieved a complication rate far lower than national standards.

In addition, Shady Grove's surgeons perform bariatric surgery using Laparoscopy-a less invasive technique that reduces recovery time and decreases the chance of many complications when compared to traditional open bariatric surgery.

To earn a Center of Excellence designation, Shady Grove's bariatric surgery program 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.  Shady Grove's bariatric surgery program and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

"At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, we are continually committed to partnering with the ASBS and other organizations that help us evaluate our performance to ensure that we are always offering the highest quality of care," said Barry Greene, M.D., FACS, director of Bariatric Surgery at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

For more information on obesity, laparoscopic surgery or Shady Grove Adventist Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence call 301-279-6000.

About Shady Grove Adventist Hospital

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, is a not-for-profit, acute care facility with 268 licensed beds that is located in Rockville, Maryland.  Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.  The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; as well as a broad range of surgical specialties.  Also, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital for Children, which is located within Shady Grove Adventist Hospital encompasses a broad range of specialized services for children, including the first Pediatric Emergency Department in Montgomery County and the only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in the county.  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Rockville, Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

About American Society for Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) 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 clinic and the laboratory; interchange data 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.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent non-for-profit organization dedicated to surgical excellence.  SRC's mission is to promote the delivery of surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency and safety possible. For more information about SRC or to download a Center of Excellence application, please visit

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