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News Release

July 6, 2011

First Mexican Hospitals and Bariatric Surgeons Awarded
Center of Excellence Designation

Designees Recognized for High-Quality Patient Care
by the Mexican College for the
Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases

RALEIGH, NC (July 6, 2011) - Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an independent, nonprofit organization that advances the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgery, today announced the first two centers in Mexico to achieve the center of excellence designation from the Mexican College for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (CMCOEM). The American British Cowdray Medical Center I.A.P. in Mexico City and the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana successfully completed a rigorous review process to ensure compliance with the requirements for CMCOEM designation.

The CMCOEM center of excellence program, which is administered by SRC, ensures that the safest, highest quality care is available to patients who choose to have their bariatric procedure performed in Mexico. The CMCOEM designation, awarded at the same time to individual surgeons and the facility in which they perform bariatric procedures, was achieved by Dr. Miguel F. Herrera and the American British Cowdray Medical Center, which is part of the Methodist International hospital network. Dr. Herrera is Professor of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a national level III researcher with the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. He has performed more than 1,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures, presented at over 300 conferences and been published extensively in major international medical journals.

“Obesity has increased dramatically throughout Mexico, and it’s important for the bariatric community to help combat the advanced stages of the disease through proven surgical interventions,” said Dr. Herrera. “Earning CMCOEM designation signifies to bariatric patients in Mexico and around the world that our center is committed to delivering high-quality care that results in long-term health benefits.”

The Obesity Control Center and Drs. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere and Arturo Martinez Gamboa also earned CMCOEM designation. Established by Dr. Ortiz, the Obesity Control Center was one of the first hospitals in Latin America to offer the LAP-BAND® procedure, and more than 9,000 patients have now had their weight-loss surgery performed there. Dr. Ortiz, a former CMCOEM president, has trained hundreds of surgeons on bariatric procedures and been a frequent medical conference speaker and television guest in the United States and Mexico. Dr. Martinez has helped train many surgeons on the LAP-BAND procedure and often speaks at both regional and national medical conferences.

“The CMCOEM designation process has challenged our team to continuously look for ways to improve the care we deliver to patients,” said Dr. Ortiz. “Even the best can get better. As a Mexican hospital, this designation of excellence puts us in the same category as some of the most prestigious weight-loss surgery centers in the United States, reassuring our U.S. and Canadian patients traveling to our center that they will be receiving the highest quality of healthcare available today. We invite our colleagues to join us in strengthening and advancing the specialty through this important program.”

Both centers were previously designated through SRC’s International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery™ (ICE™) program. They automatically earned a dual designation with the CMCOEM program following its launch in Mexico. Seamless alignment of requirements and evaluation processes between the two programs makes this possible.

“We are proud to recognize our first CMCOEM designees, and we encourage the rest of our members to start working toward designation today,” said Dr. Alberto Aceves Díaz, President of CMCOEM. “Those who participate in the program will benefit from the quality improvements and cost savings that result, and will help elevate the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in Mexico.”

The two centers are part of an elite group of more than 1,100 surgeons and 600 hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities worldwide participating in a center of excellence program that SRC administers. Surgeons and hospitals performing bariatric surgery in Mexico can initiate their involvement with the CMCOEM program by registering on the SRC website.

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 surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as a leading administrator of center of excellence programs for surgical specialties. The organization manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a global standard for excellence. To support center of excellence program compliance and quality improvement in patient care, SRC developed BOLD, a longitudinal outcomes database. BOLD is now the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.

Alyssa Willard (alyssa NULL.willard null@null surgicalreview NULL.org)
Manager, Media and Communications