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Published on February 15, 2011

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Awarded to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence SealDarby, PA - Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Bariatric Surgeon Prashanth Ramachandra, MD have earned the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation. This designation recognizes the hospital and the surgeon for demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

"We are proud to have Mercy Bariatrics and Dr. Ramachandra acknowledged for their expertise and commitment to excellence," says Kathryn Conallen, interim chief executive officer of MFH. "The center of excellence designation supports the efforts of Mercy Bariatrics to provide a continuum of care while addressing the needs of bariatric patients, from the pre-hospital phase through the post-operative care and treatment process."

To become a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, MFH underwent a thorough site inspection and provided information on all aspects of the Mercy Bariatrics program and processes, including data on surgical outcomes.

"The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation enables patients to distinguish our program as having met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term care," says Ramachandra. "What's more, this recognition arms our community with information about the quality of services they can expect to receive from Mercy Bariatrics, when they are making a decision about where to access medical services to help them achieve successful weight loss results."

Mercy Bariatrics provides a full range of bariatric surgery care services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up and patient education. The program offers the latest bariatric surgical procedures, including gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional surgery. Nutritional counseling, diabetes education, behavioral health support, exercise programs and support groups are also available.

MFH was also recently designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Independence Blue Cross.

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