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Published on August 20, 2012

Wesley Long Bariatric Surgery Receives Level One Accreditation

The Cone Health Bariatric Surgery program at Wesley Long Hospital has been re-accredited as a Level One facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation means that Cone Health Bariatric Surgery Center continues to be fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery program, meets the requirements outlined by the accreditation program and is committed to providing the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.

“Meeting the stringent requirements of the BSCN is a great way for anyone contemplating weight reduction surgery to know that they are not only getting quality surgery, but also the support needed before and after to reach their health and weight loss goals,” says Jeannie Wilson, Director, Bariatric Services, Wesley Long Hospital. “Successful weight loss is a lot easier with the classes, support groups and counseling that we offer along with the surgery.”

Medicare covers bariatric procedures when performed at an ACS BSCN certified facility. Medicare covers bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other health problems associated with obesity.

The bariatric program at Wesley Long Hospital is also part of the Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Network, has been awarded a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery® designation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, is a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery and is one of the UnitedHealthcare® Bariatric Centers of Excellence.

In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of many diseases and conditions such as Type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. The ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that the public can identify facilities that provide optimal surgical care for people who undergo this surgical procedure.

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