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Memorial Bariatric Services

Central Illinois: 217-788-3948 | Toll Free: 866-205-7915 

Award-Winning Patient Care

At Memorial Medical Center, we're proud of our bariatric surgery program and team and the high-quality, patient-centered care they provide. That pride was validated recently when the program earned two prestigious, national awards.

Metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement program seal; bariatric surgery and weight loss surgery

First, Memorial Bariatric Services is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

For our patients, this means they can rest assured that our bariatric surgery program meets the highest standards for patient safety, advocacy and clinical effectiveness. Not only do such centers of excellence provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary bariatric surgery services, they must also show a long-term commitment to their patients that starts before surgery and extends for a lifetime after surgery. They are committed to ongoing improvement and leadership in providing effective and safe surgical treatments for clinically severe obesity.

So this designation means people in central Illinois can have confidence that a bariatric surgery program close to home meets a nationally recognized quality program's rigorous requirements for safety, effectiveness and compassionate care of patients.

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Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery seal; bariatric surgery and weight loss surgery

Memorial Medical Center is also one of only nine hospitals in Illinois - and the only one outside of the Chicago area - to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Blue Distinction Center is a designation given by Blue Cross and Blue Shield to hospitals and other healthcare facilities demonstrating expertise in the delivery of quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous and clinically meaningful measures established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations.

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, according to Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Rates of obesity are steadily growing in our community and across the nation. More than one in four people in Illinois are obese, and an estimated 6 percent have morbid obesity. And morbid obesity is closely associated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine health, including Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.

Weight loss surgery is by far the most effective means of significant and durable weight loss for people with morbid obesity. It requires comprehensive, expert care from an experienced team of surgeons and other medical professionals. Our recent awards reaffirm that central Illinois has ready access to this level of superior care at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Designation as Blue Distinction Centers® means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.