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August 11, 2010

ASMBS and SRC Ink New Contract for Bariatric Surgery
Center of Excellence® Program


GAINESVILLE, FL and RALEIGH, NC (August 11, 2010) – The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) today announced a new five-year agreement for SRC’s continued administration of the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program. The contract extends the original charter established when the ASMBS founded SRC in 2003 as an independent nonprofit to develop and manage the program.

The organizations launched the BSCOE program in 2004, and it is now the world’s largest center of excellence program for the specialty. More than 700 surgeons and 400 facilities have achieved designation, and an additional 300 surgeons and 150 facilities have been approved for provisional status.

“In just a few years, the BSCOE program has successfully helped improve patient safety, efficacy and the quality of bariatric care,” said Dr. Bruce Wolfe, President of the ASMBS. “With a 90-day mortality rate of 0.11% and a low incidence of complications, the data shows that procedures performed by BSCOE participants are safe. Much has been accomplished, but we can achieve more. The new contract defines how our organizations will work together to evolve the program in ways that will be most beneficial to both patients and providers.”

“As a past president of the ASMBS and a BSCOE designee, I’ve witnessed firsthand how the program can transform a surgical practice and hospital,” said Dr. Neil Hutcher, Chairman of SRC’s Board of Directors and a bariatric surgeon at Commonwealth Surgeons in Richmond, Virginia. “Our outcomes were good, but the BSCOE program showed us that they could be better. Earning – and maintaining – the designation keeps our bariatric team focused on superior care delivery and long-term patient support.”

The new contract, effective August 1, 2010, was unanimously approved by the ASMBS Executive Council and SRC’s Board of Directors.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

The ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world. It is a non-profit organization that works to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery and is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about bariatric surgery as an option for the treatment of morbid obesity, as well as the associated risks and benefits. It encourages its members to investigate and discover new advances in bariatric surgery, while maintaining a steady exchange of experiences and ideas that may lead to improved surgical outcomes for morbidly obese patients. For more information on the ASMBS, visit www.asmbs.org (http://www NULL.asmbs NULL.org/).

About Surgical Review Corporation

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care worldwide. To support best practices development for the treatment of morbid obesity and its associated conditions, SRC launched center of excellence programs for bariatric surgery and developed the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD). SRC has already designated more than 700 surgeons and 400 hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities across the globe, and BOLD is now the world’s largest repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient data. For more information, visitwww.surgicalreview.org.


Keith Taylor
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Alyssa Willard
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