Guthrie Weight Loss Center Earns Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie Weight Loss Center has been accredited as a Level 1 facility under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). As such, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized Guthrie Weight Loss Center and allows expanded Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other health problems associated with obesity.

“To be nationally recognized as an ACS BSCN Level 1 facility, the Guthrie Weight Loss Center has demonstrated its excellence in clinical care and outcomes for even the most challenging bariatric surgery patients,” said Joshua Alley, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery. “We are extremely proud to receive this important distinction in recognition of the individualized and comprehensive care our Weight Loss Center team provides for every patient, every time.”

As a Level 1 bariatric surgery facility, the Guthrie Weight Loss Center has met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the BSCN Accreditation Standards. The center provides the resources necessary for the highest quality clinical care of morbidly obese patients and the support and resources necessary to address even the most challenging needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and postoperatively. The facility undergoes a site visit for review of structure, process, and data quality. Because optimal surgical care requires documentation using reliable outcomes measures, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their outcomes data to the MBSAQIP Data Registry Platform.

In the United States, more than 15 million people suffer from severe obesity which increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. At the present time, weight loss surgery provides the most successful effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.

The Guthrie Weight Loss Center offers a comprehensive weight loss program that is like none other in the region – it is a personalized and integrated weight loss program incorporating medical, behavioral and surgical components tailored to meet individual needs and weight loss goals. The Guthrie Weight Loss Center team is composed of a fellowship trained surgeon, an American Board of Obesity Medicine certified medical weight loss physician, nurse coordinator, registered dietician, licensed psychologist, and a certified fitness instructor. This dedicated team operates with a single goal – to improve patient’s overall health by reducing or eliminating weight-related health conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and GERD.

Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.