Memorial Hospital January 19, 2018

For the third consecutive year, Memorial Hospital has been recognized by Florida Blue as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery. To achieve this designation each year, Memorial Hospital has to meet nationally established criteria and show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

"I am extremely proud of the entire team for achieving this designation once again, said Memorial Hospital President & CEO Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE. "This recognition signifies that our bariatric program continues to meet nationally established criteria in delivering safe, quality care to our patients."

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, a health care facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band. A health care facility must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels, as well as demonstrated cost-efficiency compared to its peers. Quality is key: only those health care facilities that first meet Blue Distinction's nationally-established, objective quality measures are considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center.

"Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S., and provide significant opportunity for those suffering from obesity and obesity-related health conditions to improve their quality of life," said Dr. Husain Abbas, FACS, FASMBS, Medical Director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MBS) program at Memorial Hospital. "By offering a high-quality, comprehensive bariatric program that meets stringent national guidelines, we are able to provide people in our region with top-notch bariatric services in an environment that leads to better quality and improved outcomes."

Memorial Hospital's bariatric program offers several surgical treatment options and provides complementary services including nutrition counseling, support groups, education and follow-up care. To learn more about memorial hospital's bariatric program, please visit www.bariatricsjax.com

For more information about the Blue Distinction Center+ program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction