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Miami Valley and Middletown Regional Hospitals Recognized for Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

July 16, 2007 – Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) and Middletown Regional Hospital (MRH), both members of Dayton-based Premier Health Partners, have been named Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS).

The designation allows the hospitals to expand their services to include Medicare patients.

It also recognizes the safety, efficiency and overall positive surgical results of the bariatric surgical teams at MVH and MRH. Each hospital has satisfactorily met the high standards set forth by the ASBS to be acknowledged for its excellence in bariatric surgery.

In response to growing levels of obesity, ASBS leadership identified the need to recognize surgical programs, such as those at MVH and MRH, which demonstrate a track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

“The Miami Valley Hospital staff has been providing an extraordinary level of care to weight loss surgery patients,” said John Maguire, MD, medical director of bariatric surgery at MVH.  “It’s very satisfying to see this program officially recognized at the national level by the ASBS.”  

Kira Schofield, MD, medical director of the Bariatric Wellness Center at MRH, said, “It is very rewarding to know that our center is recognized on a national level for its excellent care. We set very high standards and our individualized multidisciplinary team approach to patient care is a major part of our success.”

The ASBS Centers of Excellence Program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well. To earn a center of excellence designation, MVH and MRH underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of their respective programs’ surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which centers of excellence must comply. SRC thoroughly inspects and evaluates each candidate for designation, and upon review recommends approval for designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC and ASBS.