Friday, May 2, 2014

Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care earns national accreditation

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 2, 2014) – The Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care is designated a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  To achieve this accreditation, Loyola had to meet a number of rigorous institutional performance measures.

“Earning this accreditation demonstrates Loyola's commitment to excellence in providing the highest standard of patient care," said Bipan Chand, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FASGE, director of the Loyola center. "For most patients suffering from obesity, losing weight is truly a lifesaver that adds years to lives, eliminates or reduces many chronic conditions and improves quality of life."

Illinois is now the 24th most obese state in the nation.  According to the Trust for America’s Health, the adult obesity rate in Illinois is 28.1 percent, up from 23.2 percent in 2003 and from 12.1 percent in 1990. More than half of all Americans are overweight and more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity.

“At Loyola, we treat obesity as a complex disease. Patients come to Loyola because we design a treatment solution tailored to each patient and offer lifelong support for weight management,” Chand said. “Surgical options may be part of the care plan, but Loyola also offers several nonsurgical tools that for many are effective."

Since opening on July 10, 2012, at Loyola’s Melrose Park campus, a multidisciplinary team of bariatric-certified professionals, including surgeons, psychologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists and physicians, has cared for hundreds of morbidly obese men, women and children.

Surgical procedures offered by Loyola include laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

To earn accreditation, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care underwent a voluntary evaluation conducted by an independent team of experienced bariatric surgeons.  Loyola was deemed to meet the following rigorous, nationally recognized standards outlined by the ACS BSCN:

  • Safety of the bariatric surgery patient
  • Documented, quality surgical outcomes
  • Standards of practice
  • Highly trained and experienced medical professionals
  • Specially designed facilities to accommodate obese patients and their families
  • Comprehensive medical, nutritional and psychological support throughout the treatment process

To hear more details about Loyola's bariatric program, watch Dr. Chand’s video.

The Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care is located at 719 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park. Free information sessions and more can be found at or by calling (800) 355-0416.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.