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Einstein Bariatrics Designated a Center of Excellence By American Society of Bariatric Surgery

August 13, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Albert Einstein Healthcare Network announced today that its weight loss surgery program, Einstein Bariatrics, has been named an American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. This national distinction recognizes Einstein Bariatrics’ commitment to safety and long-term patient success by providing experienced and comprehensive weight loss surgery services. The rigorous criteria necessary to achieve the Center of Excellence distinction has been met by only one other hospital in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Einstein Bariatrics is located at the Elkins Park campus, a full-service hospital in Montgomery County. Einstein Bariatrics is staffed by experienced surgeons that not only perform surgery, but also are personally committed to the long-term success and follow-up of all their patients.

“At Einstein Bariatrics, we have been extremely proud of our safety record. We have published in the medical literature some of the lowest complication rates. Most of our patients are able to go home after only an overnight stay. We are very happy that the ASBS Centers of Excellence program has recognized our track-record of good work,” said Ramsey Dallal, MD Director of Einstein Bariatrics and a nationally recognized leader in the field.

Dr. Dallal has performed more than one thousand weight loss procedures including the laparoscopic gastric bypass and the adjustable gastric band. “More than 99 percent of my patients have had a laparoscopic procedure, regardless of previous operations or extremely high weight.”

Laparoscopic surgery allows for a much quicker recovery and lower complication rate than the traditional large incisions that have been used in the past. Advanced technologies, when utilized by trained surgeons, have revolutionized the field of weight loss surgery.

Obesity is an extremely difficult medical disease to treat. “Combining multiple treatment approaches has been shown to improve weight loss results. We utilize many strategies, not just medical and surgical services. Experienced psychologists, dieticians and exercise trainers help our patients regain control of their lives,” added Alfred Trang, MD, a fellowship-trained laparoscopic bariatric surgeon who recently joined Einstein Bariatrics.

Weight loss surgery has been well documented to improve, and even reverse many medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. However, the most important change that occurs with massive weight loss is the dramatic improvement in quality of life. “I can’t promise every patient everything, but I can promise them new possibilities,” said Dr. Dallal.

For a personal consultation with our surgeons or to register for a free information session call 1-800-EINSTEIN or go online at http://www.einsteinbariatrics.com/.

About Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, is a 1,200 bed integrated delivery network serving the communities of North Philadelphia and Montgomery County, PA. A founding member of the Jefferson Health System, Einstein combines the best of academic medicine and community service, employing nearly 7,000 people, and offering training programs for physician residents and fellows, nurses and other health professionals. The Network provides healthcare services through the Albert Einstein Medical Center and Einstein at Elkins Park hospitals, its MossRehab and Belmont Behavioral Health divisions, Germantown Community Health Services, Willow Terrace (a nursing home), Willowcrest (a center for subacute care), outpatient facilities such as Center One and Einstein Neighborhood Healthcare, network of primary care and specialist practices throughout the community. For more information, visit http://www.einstein.edu/ or call 1-800-EINSTEIN.

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

CONTACT: Alexis Moore, Director of Communications of Albert EinsteinHealthcare Network, +1-215-456-6734, mooreal@einstein.edu

Web site: http://www.einstein.edu/http://www.einsteinbariatrics.com/




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