Milwaukee, Wis., October 12, 2005 —The Bariatric Center at Columbia St. Mary’s, along with Dr. Joseph Regan, have been named a “Center of Excellence” by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) and the organization’s Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Regan is Medical Director of the Bariatric Center.
The designation recognizes that the Bariatric Center meets the criteria for providing high-quality, comprehensive patient care for the surgical treatment of obesity. Criteria used in awarding the designation include the volume of surgeries performed, appropriateness of facilities for patients, protocols for patient care, the number of complications following surgery, and the make-up of the multi-disciplinary patient care team.
“Being named a Center of Excellence acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our staff in providing the highest quality care,” Dr. Regan said. “In addition, the country-wide review of bariatric surgery programs provides more information to health insurance providers in recognizing reputable programs.”
Following the center’s application for the “Center of Excellence” designation, the Surgical Review Corporation of ASBS visited the Bariatric Center in June. Columbia St. Mary’s is one of 450 bariatric surgery programs in the country that applied for this designation.
Since opening in August 2003, more than 250 surgeries have been performed at Columbia St. Mary’s Bariatric Center, based at Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus, 2025 E. Newport Ave. Patients come to the center from throughout Wisconsin. People who would like to learn more about the Bariatric Center and its staff may click here to order a free DVD or videotape.
The Center’s surgeons—Dr. Regan and Dr. Craig Siverhus perform Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery using a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) approach. They are among a handful of surgeons in the state who perform this type of surgery.
With laparoscopy, surgery is performed through a few small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon uses the incisions to insert a laparoscope, a small telescope connected to a tiny video camera. The camera transmits a picture to a video monitor that the surgeon uses to guide the instruments during the surgery.
Laparoscopic bariatric surgery has many advantages over traditional gastric bypass surgery, including faster recovery time, reduced wound infection and hernia rates, less pain after surgery, shorter hospital stay, and less scarring. Surgical care is complemented by a team of nurses, dietitians, psychiatrists, and physical therapists who prepare patients for surgery, help them during recovery, and provide long-term follow-up.
The results of the surgery are usually very positive, with patients losing 60 to 80 percent of their excess weight and keeping it off long-term. The surgery also results in a decrease or complete improvement of other obesity-related problems or co-morbidities in the majority of patients.
About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.