Mission program designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Mission Hospital and its bariatric surgery program offered through the Mission Weight Management Center at Mission Hospital have been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Surgical Review Corporation®.

This designation means that the center has met the society’s clinical, organizational and financial criteria for centers of excellence. For patients, it means that additional insurance programs may cover surgical procedures performed through the center.

Bariatric surgery is already covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Medical director of the Mission Hospital bariatric surgery program is bariatric surgeon Christopher Edwards, MD, FACS, a board certified surgeon. Dr. Edwards also has been approved as an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designee.

“We now know that bariatric surgery offers resolution of many life threatening diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol,” Dr. Edwards said. “We also know that bariatric surgery programs that offer system-based care provide superior outcomes than those programs that do not. The distinction of being an ASMBS Center of Excellence places Mission Surgical Weight Management Center among the best of the best of these programs. This distinction emphasizes the enthusiasm that the bariatric surgeons at Regional Surgical Specialists and Mission Hospital Systems have for the health of western North Carolina.”

Three bariatric surgical approaches are offered at Mission, adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve. For more information about the Mission Weight Management Center and the bariatric surgery program, visit www.missionweight.org or call 213-4100.