MVH Bariatric Program Receives National Accreditation


(June 3, 2019 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Do you want to hear staggering statistics? In the nearly four years since Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) introduced its Weight Control and Wellness Program, approximately 40 of the 111 people who had bariatric surgery lost a combined total of 3,605.7 pounds. In addition, six months after their surgeries, 94 percent of the people no longer needed their diabetes medication; and, after one year, 100 percent of the people, who returned for their one-year follow-up appointments, were off of these medications.

"This is a wonderful program for the members of the community who are clinically classified as obese," said Hiram Gonzalez, M.D., who is director of MVH's Weight Control and Wellness Program. "Obesity can lead to Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke and arthritis; and, our patients are living proof that bariatric surgery or completion of our program can help people take control of their health."

This spring, MVH's Weight Control and Wellness Program was accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The two organizations combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). In order to receive this accreditation, MVH's bariatric surgical program underwent a rigorous review process to prove that the Hospital could maintain certain physical resources, human resources and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

"I am very proud of team for working so diligently to receive this accreditation," said MVH's President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. "We have one of the most comprehensive programs in Southwestern Pennsylvania that follows patients throughout their weight loss journeys."

MVH's Weight Control and Wellness program is designed for people who have 100 pounds or more to lose. The hospital's multidisciplinary team of physicians, dietitians, physical therapists and exercise physiologists help design personalized programs that include many different elements from nutrition counseling and healthy cooking classes to exercise programs and bariatric surgery.

MVH's bariatric surgery is covered by most major insurance plans.

Dr. Gonzalez conducts bariatric education classes each month in the Anthony M. Lombardi Executive Conference Center. For a schedule of classes, visit the Bariatric Surgery page or call Alyssa Zenobi at ext. 724-258-1234.

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