The Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Castle Medical Center
and Steven Fowler, M.D., have been designated
a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE)
by the American Society for Metabolic
and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, Castle Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes were collected. Castle Medical Center and other centers receiving the BSCOE designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols, and outcomes data.
In becoming a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the program has held itself to the highest standards in the industry and is recognized for its dedication to helping patients achieve their lifestyle and weight loss goals.
Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
“Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and the inherent risks, the opportunities available at our Center have the potential to greatly improve the health of this patient population,” says Dr. Steven Fowler, medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Institute. “At the Surgical Weight Loss Institute, we believe that the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs to get even better for our community at large.”
Castle’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute is not just a single bariatric surgeon, but an entire team of professionals who have been trained in various disciplines and without whom the BSCOE designation would not be possible.
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