March 2006

Three Achieve Center of Excellence Status for Weight-Loss Surgery

The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) has awarded Center of Excellence status to three Catholic Health Initiatives facilities: St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way, Wash., St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn., and Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn. To earn the designation, the facilities underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of their surgical weight management programs were examined and outcomes data reviewed.