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Providence Alaska Medical Center renewed as Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

ANCHORAGE, AK - The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and Surgical Review Corp. have renewed Providence Alaska Medical Center as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently

deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. Truly excellent patient care is the result of both the individual surgeon and the facility at which the surgery is performed. The Center of Excellence designation is awarded to both the surgeon and facility, which enables patients to distinguish specific providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term follow-up care. Michael Todd, MD, BSCOE program medical director for Providence Alaska Medical Center, has received this designation.

Providence Alaska Medical Center first received the BSCOE designation in 2008. Since then improvements and renovations to the hospital have been made to provide even better accommodations and a better experience for bariatric patients.

"This designation is evidence of our continued vision to meet the bariatric care needs of Alaskans by providing ongoing high-quality surgical and nursing care and staff education regarding bariatric safety, sensitivity and clinical care of bariatric surgical patients," said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Bariatric surgery includes a variety of procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world. It is a nonprofit organization that works to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery and is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about bariatric surgery as an option for the treatment of morbid obesity, as well as the associated risks and benefits. It encourages its members to investigate and discover new advances in bariatric surgery, while maintaining a steady exchange of experiences and ideas that may lead to improved surgical outcomes for morbidly obese patients. For more information on the ASMBS, visit www.asmbs.org.

About Surgical Review Corp.

Surgical Review Corp. (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as a leading administrator of center of excellence programs for surgical specialties. The organization manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a global standard for excellence. To support center of excellence program compliance and quality improvement in patient care, SRC developed the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database. BOLD is now the world's largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.

Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska.

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