Guthrie Weight Loss Center Earns Accreditation from American College of Surgeons

Sayre, Pa. – The Guthrie Weight Loss Center which has earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for Level-2 certification as a member of the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN). Plans are underway to pursue Level-1 accreditation.

Joshua Alley, MD, Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Guthrie, said, "National accreditation by an organization like the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network helps our patients to understand that Guthrie's reputation for excellence in clinical care extends to our bariatric surgery program. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that each patient can be safely cared for, in a system that understands the needs of the obese patient, using the most up-to-date practices in bariatric surgery. The ACS BSCN Level 2-New accreditation recognizes this accomplishment in a new bariatric center.”

The ACS BSCN Accreditation Program accredits facilities in the United States that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. This accreditation symbolizes institutional commitment and accountability for safe, high-quality surgical care, as evidenced by the documentation of performance indicators and the measurement of outcomes. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.