An online orientation is available to residents of the greater McLean County region who want to learn more about bariatric surgery.
The free orientation can be found by going to MemorialBariatricServices.com and clicking on the link titled “online orientation” on the right. More than 65 people have taken the online orientation since it launched in late November.
The online orientation comprises four courses: “Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?” “A Multidisciplinary Care Approach to Bariatric Surgery,” “Bariatric Surgery Overview” and “Paying for Surgery.”
Memorial Bariatric Services partnered with Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in 2011 to bring comprehensive bariatric surgery services to patients residing in Bloomington-Normal and its surrounding communities. All pre- and post-operative care is offered on the Advocate BroMenn campus, and the surgical procedures are performed at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
"We appreciate this is an important decision for patients to make, as many patients spend up to two years researching bariatric surgery before taking their first step, such as an orientation,” Kimberly Paskiewicz, MPH, RD, LDN, program manager for Memorial Bariatric Services, said. “We hope by enabling patients to initiate their weight loss journey from the privacy of their computers, it will be more comfortable for them.”
The online orientation saves patients from taking time off work to learn more by attending on-campus orientations, Paskiewicz said.
Memorial Medical Center was named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Bariatric programs designated as ASMBS centers of excellence must meet the highest quality standards for bariatric surgical patient care. The goal of the Blue Distinction Center program is to help consumers find healthcare facilities that have demonstrated better overall outcomes, such as fewer medical complications, fewer readmissions and higher survival rates, in the delivery of specialty care.
For more information, call (866) 205-7915 or (217) 788-3948.
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