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Dr. John Oldham and Baptist Health Louisville is Recognized as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery



Baptist Health Louisville’s Bariatric Surgery Center recently achieved re-accreditation from The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Surgery Center for Excellence (ASMBS BSCOE) program. The program has been a center of excellence since 2010. The accreditation is for a three year period.


To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, Baptist Health Louisville underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. Baptist Health Louisville and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.


“Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and the inherent risks associated with obesity, tools such as weight loss surgery can greatly improve our patient population’s health, therefore we recognize the need to implement a systematic approach to improving quality,” said John Oldham, MD, Medical Director of Baptist Health Louisville’s Bariatric Surgery program. “At Baptist Health Louisville we believe that the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence program will serve as a catalyst, driving strong programs to get even better.”


Obesity is a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that one-third of all U.S. adults are obese. Some of the leading causes of preventable death are also linked to obesity including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer. Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage or even resolve these conditions. By definition, surgeons with ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation practice only top-quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient to the best of their abilities.


The Center of Excellence evaluation not only documents process – such as equipment, supplies, training of surgeons and staff and the availability of consultant services – but emphasizes results.
“It’s the philosophy of Dr. Oldham and our center that our patients are ours for life to help to ensure they maintain the success they have achieved,” said Karen Barnett Sparks, RNC-CBN, Bariatric Coordiator of Baptist Health Louisville’s Bariatric Surgery Program. “Not only is it important for patients to stay accountable to their surgeon, they need ongoing nutritional education, social support through monthly support groups, emotional support, and opportunities to incorporate physical activity in to their everyday lives – all of which are offered through our program.”


ASMBS BSCOE accreditation formally acknowledges a commitment to providing quality improvement and patient safety for bariatric surgery patients. As an accredited program, they have demonstrated that the center meets the needs of bariatric surgery patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.