Guthrie Weight Loss Center Named As a Center for Excellence for Bariatric Care

Weight Loss CenterGuthrie Weight Loss Center has recently been named a Center for Excellence by OptumTM. Only those programs that meet strict Optum™ clinical criteria, as determined through an annual evaluation process, are considered for inclusion in its Centers of Excellence networks.

Joshua Alley, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery said: “The Guthrie Weight Loss Center is pleased to be recognized as an Optum™ Center for Excellence. Over the past several years, our dedicated team has worked hard to deliver excellent clinical care and outcomes for even the most challenging bariatric surgery patients. We have also developed an integrated program to support patients achieve long-lasting success in their weight loss goals through healthy lifestyle programs.”

The Guthrie Weight Loss Center offers both surgical and non-surgical medical weight loss programs. Weight loss surgery (also known as metabolic or bariatric surgery) is a proven method for reducing weight and improving health in patients with clinically severe obesity. Bariatric surgery can also reduce or eliminate many obesity-related chronic diseases. The Guthrie Weight Loss Center also offers personalized support and solutions for those suffering from obesity.

The goal of Optum™ Centers of Excellence (COE) network is to support patients by identifying hospitals and physicians that meet or exceed rigorous performance standards. This information enables patients to make informed choices and become more engaged in health care decisions.

Since 1986, Optum has been identifying areas of health care where there is great inconsistency in patient care and treatment outcomes. Their products and services support safe, successful and cost-effective management of patients with complex health conditions.

Optum's Centers of Excellence (COE) network products are nationally recognized in the areas of organ transplantation, congenital heart disease, bariatric surgery, infertility, and ventricular assist devices. Their networks are developed through a unique clinical evaluation process that allows them to select only those medical centers and clinics that meet strict guidelines for patient care and outcomes. Today more than 51 million people have access to Optum products.

Guthrie 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 290 physicians and 155 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.