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Ayn Carey, Director,
Community Relations
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Receives ASMBS Designation as a Center of Excellence

EASTON, PA; OCTOBER 25, 2007----- Easton Hospital announced today that it has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.  The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

According to a report released in 2007 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries has grown from 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 performed in 2005.  Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care.

To earn the Center of Excellence designation, Easton Hospital underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.  Easton Hospital, like other centers receiving the Center of Excellence designation, must agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

“As everyone knows, morbid obesity is a huge health problem in this country,” commented President and Chief Executive Officer Cornelio R. Catena when announcing the designation.  “At Easton Hospital we have been performing weight loss surgery since 2003, and we’ve changed the lives of more than 500 people. 

“Our program strives to treat all the factors – emotional, physical, and environmental – that affect obesity, and our medical director, James R. Koren, MD, is a truly gifted bariatric surgeon.  We are proud to offer this hard-earned recognition to our patients.”

Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage these conditions.

Easton Hospital is a 369-bed, acute care teaching hospital serving more than 300,000 residents of Northampton County and the five surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Founded in 1890, the Hospital has recently undergone extensive renovation and maintains free-standing, fully-accredited residency training programs, an Emergency Department with 35,000 annual visits, and an active cardiac surgery program.  The Hospital's Eastern Regional Cancer Center is a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner and one of only three facilities in Pennsylvania offering TomoTherapy radiation treatment for cancer.

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