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Mercy West Lakes becomes first hospital in Iowa designated as a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery

Jan. 19, 2011

Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes was recently named a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery — becoming the first hospital in the state of Iowa to earn this status. This designation means Mercy West Lakes has met CIGNA's rigorous quality standards.

"We are pleased our hospital, bariatric surgery program and team have been recognized by CIGNA for the high quality care we provide," says Laurie Conner, administrator, Mercy West Lakes. "Our surgeons and staff work very hard to provide excellence in patient care, and this recognition is evidence of the high standard of care we deliver every day."

The CIGNA designation is based on multiple criteria — including full approval by the Surgical Review Corporation; meeting CIGNA clinical outcome thresholds for complications, mortality, re-admission within 30 days of discharge and re-operation within 30 days after initial operation; range of obesity services; and number of bariatric surgery procedures performed. For more information about this designation or Mercy's bariatric surgery services, please call (515) 358-9400.

Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes is a full-service community hospital located in West Des Moines, Iowa. A member of the Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines family, Mercy West Lakes features a 24/7 emergency department, state-of-the-art surgery department, innovative orthopaedic/rehabilitation unit, family-centered birthing services unit and advanced cardiac catheterization lab. Mercy West Lakes was the first hospital in Iowa to earn LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is the only hospital in the state designated a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery.

Contact Gregg Lagan
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

cell 515-490-6636

1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314 (515) 247-3121
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