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Why Choose Northeast Georgia Medical Center for Your Bariatric Services?

Bariatric Services at NGMC

  • NGMC is a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.
  • NGMC is the first hospital in Georgia to offer gastric bypass surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgical system.
  • NGMC has a dedicated bariatrics unit with rooms and equipment specially designed for bariatric patients.
  • Our surgeons have more than 50 years of combined bariatric surgery experience.

In a recent bariatric support group, we found that our patients and their family members shared a total combined weight loss of nearly 1,500 pounds (through surgical and non-surgical methods).

MBSAQIP Accredited Center for Bariatric Surgery

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has also named Northeast Georgia Medical Center a Blue Distinction Center for bariatric surgery. The process used to select Blue Distinction Centers is based on clinical data from hospital registries. Each facility's structure, proceses and care outcome are rigorously evaluated. These criteria include nationally endorsed quality measures, developed in collaboration with medical experts and professional organizations. 

Bariatric Center of Excellence by the Clinical Sciences Institute of Optum

Each year, Optum sends a survey to the medical centers and programs being considered for our Centers of Excellence networks. Upon receipt of a completed evaluation, the Clinical Sciences Institute conducts a detailed analysis of the program's responses to both clinical and administrative components and compares the responses to evaluation criteria. Criteria to become a Bariatric Center of Excellence by Optum Health, are: 

  • Volumes and outcomes of procedures
  • Demonstration of best-practice medicine
  • Quality of relationships with referring physicians and payers
  • The makeup and stability of the program team
  • Clinical research and results
  • Program depth and breadth
  • Treatment planning and coordination
  • Quality of patient/family-oriented services
  • Proof of a multidisciplinary approach to health care

How Can I Learn More about Bariatric Surgery?

If you are considering Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, we encourage you to attend Bariatrics 101, a free class offered on the third Wednesday of every month.

Some of the topics discussed in these sessions include:

  • surgical procedures available
  • risks and benefits of procedures
  • insurance and payment options
  • life after bariatric surgery
  • much more

To learn more about Bariatrics 101 or to register, click here.

To learn more about Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and Services, contact us today!

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