Times Staff Report
March 12, 2013
PIKEVILLE – The Pikeville Medical Weight Loss Surgery Center has been approved as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This designation, effective Jan. 25, 2013, highlights the Weight Loss Surgery Center’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality bariatric surgical care as well as in-depth education and support.
In order to receive this status, the PMC Weight Loss Surgery Center had to meet strict requirements set by the ASMBS and the BSCOE program, some of which include: an institutional commitment to excellence in the care of bariatric surgery patients; a surgeon whose primary focus is bariatric surgery and who continually completes medical education pertaining to the most advanced treatments in weight loss surgery; organized and supervised support groups for all patients who have had or may have weight loss surgery; and long-term patient follow-up care that consistently monitors and tracks patients’ results.
PMC Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Amy Johnson stated, “Being an ASMBS Center of Excellence requires an extremely high level of commitment from all facets of the multidisciplinary team. It also requires significant dedication from hospital administration and all departments involved in taking care of bariatric patients. Part of this dedication requires daily ongoing process improvement to continually advance our services. The bottom line of the BSCOE program is to ensure the very best care and excellent outcomes for our patients.”
The BSCOE designation is the result of the commitment and dedication put forth by a large group of staff at Pikeville Medical Center.
“I am honored to work with people who are dedicated to the care of obese patients,” said Dr. Johnson. “There are so many people to thank for their commitment to obtaining center of excellence status for Pikeville Medical Center: the hard working staff of the surgical floor; administration, especially President and CEO Walter May and COO Juanita Deskins; as well as the weight loss surgery center office staff. I particularly want to thank Bariatric Center Coordinator Ciara Ferguson for her tireless effort in obtaining this goal.”
According to the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), the BSCOE program began in 2004 and is the largest center of excellence program for bariatric surgery in the world.
The ASMBS is the world’s largest organization for bariatric surgeons. As a non-profit organization, it works to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery and is committed to educating medical professionals and the public about bariatric surgery as an option for the treatment of morbid obesity, as well as the associated risks and benefits.