Bariatric Surgery Center Honored for Distinction
Whether it’s due to genetics, poor nutrition, a lack of exercise or even a combination of the three, America is overweight – and we’re getting heavier by the year. In fact, experts warn that more than half of all American adults could be obese in just 20 years if we don’t get control of our weight.
There are many ways to do it, but if you’re more than 100 pounds overweight, it’s a daunting task. That’s why so many people count on the bariatric surgery team at CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center. They have just been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Nebraska.
This commitment to quality has been proven to result in better overall outcomes for patients.
Any hospital that achieves this distinction, including Immanuel, has to prove that it has a highly experienced bariatric surgery team who performs an abundance of these procedures (at least 125 annually). BCBS has a list of other criteria Immanuel had to meet, as well – including:
- access to intensive care and emergency services
- a comprehensive program for managing quality
- and accreditation from The Joint Commission.
These distinctions mean something to someone like Jim Ranes. Eating less and exercising more didn’t work for him so he opted for weight loss surgery as a last resort. He dropped the weight and completed eliminated his previous medical problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes and sleep apnea.
To be frank, Jim lucked out. He wasn’t able to rely on widely available review systems to decide where to have his surgery. Thankfully, he ended up at Immanuel Medical Center, an accredited hospital with a commitment to excellence. The accolades for this program go beyond the Blue Distinction program – Immanuel is also recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and the Surgical Review Corporation.