Miriam Hospital Earns Optum Center of Excellence Accreditation

November 3, 2015

OptumThe Center for Bariatric Surgery has received the designation as a Center of Excellence (COE) from The Clinical Sciences Institute (CSI) of Optum , a leading information and technology-enabled health services business focused on providing health care systems resources to improve care.

“At The Center for Bariatric Surgery, we take a comprehensive approach to treating obesity,” said Siva Vithiananthan, MD, chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Center for Bariatric Surgery, a program of Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. “With our 40 years of cumulative experience, we provide care that is safe, coordinated and personalized. We are committed to working closely with each patient to achieve his or her goals.”

Optum’s Centers of Excellence networks are developed in conjunction with a national panel of industry experts and practitioners. Centers of Excellence evaluation criteria includes positive patient outcomes and cost effectiveness.

“Being part of the Optum Centers of Excellence network is another testament to our bariatric team’s continued commitment and dedication to providing patients the highest, most comprehensive level of care,” said Arthur Sampson, president of The Miriam Hospital.

According to the the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. More than 1.9 billion adults age 18 and older were overweight in 2014 and of these, over 600 million were obese. A lifelong, progressive, life-threatening condition marked by excess body fat, obesity can significantly reduce life expectancy. When weight increases to an extreme level, it is called morbid obesity, and is a chronic condition with many medical, psychological, social and economic consequences. Health problems associated with morbid obesity include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, depression, stress, incontinence, menstrual irregularity and some types of cancer. Weight loss can greatly reduce these risks, improve overall health and enhance quality of life.

Bariatric surgery is a safe and effective option for treating obesity. The Center for Bariatric Surgery performed 1000 bariatric surgeries from June, 2012 through August, 2015, and provides a full range of multidisciplinary services, including:

· Coordinated preoperative and long-term nutritional and behavioral modification programs.

· A full complement of bariatric surgeries, including sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric band and revisional surgeries.

· Team of bariatric surgeons available 24/7 for care of all bariatric patients.

· State-of-the-art laparoscopic and minimally invasive technologies.

· Free, multi-disciplinary, professionally coordinated patient support groups.

· Highly trained operating room personnel and certified nursing staff.

For more information about The Center for Bariatric Surgery, please call 401-793-3922.

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