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Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management Program Ranks Among the Best


MetroHealth's Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management Program recently received a distinguished level of re-certification for three years from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as a Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications.

This certification demonstrates MetroHealth's outstanding performance in the care and treatment of patients with obesity. ​MetroHealth's Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management Center is the first in Ohio to receive this high level of certification.

Knowing MetroHealth's center is among the best in the nation in giving patients the confidence to take the first step in their weight loss journey. To help prepare patients, the center recently introduced ​​a free, 12-minute virtual seminar featuring MetroHealth bariatric and weight loss experts and their patients. 

Sergio Jose Bardaro, MD, Surgical Director of the Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management Center, is among the experts featured in the program. He speaks from professional and personal experience. Dr. Bardaro has had bariatric surgery and has helped hundreds of patients on their weight loss journey.

"My goal for each and every patient is to make you recover your own life; to live a healthier life; to live a longer life; and to feel much better with you and your loved ones," Dr. Bardaro explains.

Bariatric surgery has been proven to help 85% of patients achieve a healthier weight and maintain it over a long period of time.

 "We really work to make sure that your surgery is a result of a plan that fits you and takes you from where you are to where you want to be," says Eileen Seeholzer, MD, MS, Medical Director.

One of the patients featured in the seminar is​ Connie Davis, who suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and asthma.

"I had it all," she says. "I was trapped in my own body."

At 308 pounds, Connie says the decision to pursue bariatric surgery was her own.

"When I was able to make the decision, I was able to have a great team at MetroHealth to help guide me through the whole process," she says.

MetroHealth's Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management Center is recognized as a Center of Excellence with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

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About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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