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Cabell Huntington Hospital Earns Optum’s Center of Excellence Designation

HUNTINGTON, WV --- Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Control has been named a Center of Excellence (COE) for bariatric surgery by the Clinical Sciences Institute of Optum®.

A COE designation is given to medical practices that combine top-quality clinical care with excellent patient support and better patient outcomes. Optum Centers of Excellence are reviewed annually and provide access to clinically superior, cost-effective healthcare-based criteria, such as fewer patient complications and readmissions.

Those who belong to the Optum COE program perform more successful bariatric procedures than many other facilities nearby and are able to provide:

15% lower mortality rate compared to non-COE providers
16% lower inpatient hospital readmissions
12% lower reoperation rate for bariatric procedures

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33% of U.S. adults 20 years and older are obese and about 6% are extremely obese. With obesity comes a higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, digestive diseases, orthopedic disorders and an increased risk of death from some cancers. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Bariatric surgery is an effective solution to reduce the long-term health effects of obesity. To learn more about bariatric surgery options at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please visit 304.399.4118.

About Cabell Huntington Hospital
Opened in 1956, in Huntington, West Virginia, Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) is a 303-bed teaching hospital for Marshall University Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing. CHH is home to the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and cares for patients throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. CHH is a member of Mountain Health Network, Inc., which includes St. Mary’s Medical Center, a 393-bed teaching hospital that operates St. Mary’s Schools of Nursing, Respiratory Care and Medical Imaging, and a management agreement with Pleasant Valley Hospital, a 201-bed facility with 101 licensed acute beds and 100 long-term care beds.