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Vista Medical Center Hospital is Recognized for High-Quality Care in Bariatric Surgery

The ASBS Designates Vista Medical Center Hospital as a Center of Excellence

Houston – Business Wire – June 28, 2007 - Vista Medical Center Hospital of Pasadena, Texas, a subsidiary of Dynacq Healthcare, Inc. (DYII), announced today that it has been named an American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Center of Excellence. The ASBS 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 ASBS 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 provided.

 

To earn a Center of Excellence designation, Vista Medical Center 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. Vista Medical Center Hospital and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

 

 “Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and its inherent risks, there are opportunities available to greatly improve the health of this patient population.  We at Vista Medical Center Hospital, through our highly experienced medical staff and skilled nurses, strive to implement a systematic approach to improving quality care,” said Farida Moeen, CEO of Vista Medical Center Hospital.  We believe that the ASBS Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs to get even better. We have done our part, and we urge our peers to join the effort.”

 

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence,

formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Vista Medical Center Hospital and other Centers of Excellence must comply, thoroughly inspects and evaluates each candidate for designation, and upon review recommends approval of designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC for ASBS.

 

Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

 

 

Vista Medical Center Hospital Center of Excellence

 

Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage these conditions. By definition, surgeons with ASBS Center of Excellence designations practice only top-quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient to the best of their abilities. At Vista Medical Center Hospital, experienced bariatric surgeons and specialty trained nurses demonstrate willingness to take the extra step to meet the psychological needs of the patients, by having very thorough preoperative counseling, after care follow-up and a monthly support group meeting.

 

As a pioneering organization designating Centers of Excellence based on top quality care and

efficient outcomes, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, with the help of SRC, is working to align the common interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers, all of whom suffer when complications develop after surgical care.  Vista Surgical Hospital of Baton Rouge, another Dynacq subsidiary located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has already been designated as a Center of Excellence.

 

About American Society for Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Founded in 1983, the society’s leadership has been formed by foremost American surgeons who have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to: pursue investigations in both the clinic and the laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance. For more information about ASBS, please visit www.asbs.org.

 

About Surgical Review Corporation

SRC is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to surgical excellence. SRC’s mission is to promote the delivery of surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency, and safety possible. For more information about SRC or to download a Center of Excellence application, please visit www.surgicalreview.org.

 

Contact: Tonya Johnson, RN, CNO, Bariatric Director, Vista Medical Center Hospital at (713) 378-3000, or Philip Chan, CFO, Dynacq Healthcare, Inc. at (713) 378-2000.                                 

 

 

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