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Baptist Health Lexington Named Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Bariatic Surgery Center of Excellence

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Baptist Health Lexington has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

 To earn this designation, Baptist Health Lexington 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.

 Given the obesity epidemic in Kentucky, Baptist Health Lexington began offering minimally invasive bariatric surgery in 2006 as a tool to help patients conquer the debilitating effects caused by excess weight.

 “We searched for surgeons who offered the best outcomes from the clinical, quality standpoint and we sought Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence from the very beginning because of the high standards the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery represents,” said Todd Jones, MT (ASCP), MHA, FABC, vice president of cardiovascular and surgical services at CBH.

 “At Central Baptist we recognize the need to implement a systematic approach to constantly improve quality, and we believe the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst to make our bariatric program even better,” Jones explained.

 While complications are possible in any surgery, the rate of complications from surgery performed at an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence are extremely low – less than 1 percent.