"Achieving this three-year reaccreditation demonstrates that
Memorialís bariatric program meets the needs of weight-loss surgery
patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality,
patient-centered care," said Dr. Max Hammer, medical director of
Memorial Bariatric Services and a Springfield Clinic surgeon.
Memorial was originally accredited in 2010 under the ASMBS Center of
Excellence program. Since then, the program has combined with the
American College of Surgeons to become the Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
Dr. Orlando Icaza and Dr. Elizabeth Warner are associate medical
directors of Memorial Bariatric Services and are also Springfield
Memorial Bariatric Services has performed more than 1,000
bariatric, or weight-loss, surgeries since its founding in 2002.
"Bariatric surgery is by far the most effective treatment for
significant and durable weight loss for persons with severe obesity,
but it requires comprehensive, expert care from an experienced team
of surgeons and other medical professionals. Achieving this
designation communicates that we have this level of care in place
and reaffirms that we meet the highest standards of safety, efficacy
and sensitivity in the surgical treatment of severe,
life-threatening obesity," Hammer said.
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Patients receive care before, during and after surgery from a
dedicated team of health care professionals that includes nurses,
dietitians, social workers, clinical psychologists and physical
Memorial offers three types of bariatric procedures: laparoscopic
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
and laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastectomy.
Memorial Bariatric Services is part of the
Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.
For more information, call 217-788-3948 or toll-free
866-205-7915, or visit
[Text from file received from
Memorial Medical Center]