Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance recognized for higher quality in bariatric

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance recognized for higher quality in bariatric surgery

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Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Bariatric Wellness Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education.  

Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. — with more than 252,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2018 based on a report from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).1 Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 42.7 percent of U.S. adults and 18.5 percent of youth are obese and are impacted by obesity-related health conditions.2 With obesity reaching epidemic levels among U.S. adults, a significant opportunity exists to improve quality care for bariatric surgeries within the national healthcare system.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross for meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

This recogontion is a testament to the dedicated care team and the comprehensive program we offer our patients.” said Houman Solomon, M.D., Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. “Bariatric surgery can be a life saver for those who have battled obesity, we are proud to be recognized for delivering the highest quality of care.

The annual healthcare spend on obesity and obesity-related conditions expected is expected to rise by 2030, if the rate of obesity in the U.S. continues to climb.3 Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severely obese patients because it allows for substantial, sustained weight loss, which leads to, improves, or resolves obesity-related co-morbidities like type 2 diabetes. On average, healthcare costs were reduced by 29 percent within five years following bariatric surgery, due to the reduction or elimination of obesity-related conditions, based on findings by ASMBS. 

To receive a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band. All designated facilities must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacement, maternity care, spine surgery, substance use treatment and recovery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that, compared to other healthcare facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. 

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction

For more information about Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Bariatric Wellness Center, please visit our Bariatric Wellness Center website, or call our Program Coordinator, Colette Micko at 310-303-5613.


1 American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) 
https://www.soard.org/article/S1550-7289(19)31160-8/fulltext#:~:text=previous%202%20years

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html

3 Wang, Y. C., McPherson, K., Marsh, T., Gortmaker, S. L., & Brown, M. (2011). Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK. Lancet (London, England), 378(9793), 815–825.
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60814-3


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About Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance has a reputation for clinical excellence and sophisticated technology with a personal touch. In addition to excellent general medical, surgical and critical care services, the hospital offers a number of specialty programs and services which include the advanced da Vinci® robotic surgery system,the Del Vicario Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, one of a select few hospitals that performs the TAVR procedure, and a state-of-the-art maternity unit complete with the county’s first single-family Level III neonatal intensive care unit. We were also the first South Bay hospital to be designated by Los Angeles County as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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