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DeTar's weight loss program recognized for bariatric surgery

April 4, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 3, 2012 at 11:04 p.m.


To learn more:

The public is invited to attend free weight-loss information sessions in Victoria and Edna.

For dates and times of DeTar's next meetings, call 361-788-6095 or visit DeTar Healthcare System's Surgical Weight Loss Program website at loseweightsouthtexas.com.

DeTar Healthcare System's surgical weight loss program was named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

To be named, DeTar's weight loss program had a series of site inspections in which its surgical processes were examined closely by the society.

"Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity, its inherent risks and the opportunities available to greatly improve the health of this patient population, we recognize the need to implement a systematic approach to improving quality," said William R. Blanchard, chief executive officer of the DeTar Healthcare System.

Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.

Citizens Medical Center has been a Center of Excellence since 2006, said spokeswoman Shannon Spree.

"We believe that the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program serves as a catalyst to drive strong programs like ours to get even better," Blanchard said.

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