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WakeMed Cary Hospital Named a Center for Excellence in Bariatric Surgery
Date
03/21/2012
Article
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2012) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce that its Cary Hospital has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center for Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

“Earning the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to bariatric surgery patients,” said David Coulter, senior vice president and administrator of WakeMed Cary Hospital. “It fosters quality improvement in bariatric surgery, and participation has focused our surgical and patient care team on exceeding clinical benchmarks and guidelines. But most importantly, our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.”

Cary Hospital is the only hospital within the WakeMed system to offer bariatric surgery. Guided by expert, board-certified bariatric surgeons, a team of skilled professionals including: a bariatric coordinator, nurses, dietitians and nutritionists, and fitness specialists work together to produce positive patient outcomes.

“Our program provides patients with the tools to succeed, including a personalized fitness plan, and extensive education on making important lifestyle changes,” said Linda Kelly, bariatric program coordinator.

The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program recognizes surgeons and facilities, such as WakeMed Cary Hospital, that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help bariatric surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

About WakeMed Cary Hospital
WakeMed Cary Hospital provides quality care for residents of Cary and the southern and western portions of Wake County. This full-service community hospital within the WakeMed Health & Hospitals system offers a 24-hour emergency department, Women's Pavilion & Birthplace, surgical services, intensive care, general medical and surgical care, telemetry monitoring unit, cardiac catheterization lab, Chest Pain Center and a sleep center.

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