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Mount Auburn's Waltham-based bariatric center receives national accreditation

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 17, 2012 04:37 PM

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Local residents looking to drop some weight just gained a valuable community resource.

The Mount Auburn Weight Management Center in Waltham has been accredited as a Level Two facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons, according to hospital officials.

This designation means that the center is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program, and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the accreditation program.

Level Two centers must perform 25 or more weight-loss operations annually, with one or more credentialed bariatric surgeon who have each performed at least 50 weight-loss operations in the past two years, according to the accreditation program's website.

A medical center or hospital can reach Level One, indicating high-volume performance, by fulfilling 125 or more weight-loss operations annually, with at least two credentialed surgeons who have each performed at least 100 weight-loss operations in the past two years.

The Mount Auburn center in Waltham offers programs for both medical or surgical weight management, according to hospital officials.

The Weight Management Center team consists of bariatric surgeons combined with nutritional, behavioral, and medical support, and is a comprehensive plan developed to treat obesity.

The goal of the program is to educate patients to form healthy habits and make conscious decisions that influence weight management.

Procedures offered at Mount Auburn include gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, and the adjustable gastric band. The surgeries are performed laparoscopically, a minimally invasive technique that allows for a faster recovery, less pain, and less scarring.

Over 11 million people suffer from severe obesity in the United States alone, said Jeanette Clough, president and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital

“Our mission is to give each patient the tools they need to achieve their desired weight-loss goals,” Clough said in a prepared statement.

Founded in 1886, Mount Auburn is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

The accreditation organization, American College of Surgeons, is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise surgical eduation and practice standards, and to improve the care of surgical patients.

The Mount Auburn Weight Management Center is located at 355 Waverley Oaks Rd. in Waltham.

For more information, please visit the center's website.

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