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August 29, 2012
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

Upstate relocates bariatric surgery services to accommodate increased demand

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Bariatric Surgery Center at Upstate University Hospital has moved to a new location to accommodate a significant increase in surgical cases.  It’s expected that Upstate will perform more than 500 bariatric surgical procedures this year. That’s the most ever since the center opened in 2002.

The new location more than doubles the amount of space for the practice, from 1,800 square feet to more than 4,500 square feet.
“Our volume has increased significantly,” said Marcy Walser, a nurse practitioner. “This new location provides us with more space, more privacy and greater comfort for our patients.”

The new location more than doubles the amount of space for the practice, from 1,800 square feet to more than 4,500 square feet.

Upstate completed its move from offices at the Institute for Human Performance, 505 Irving Ave., to the Physician’s Office Building, 2nd floor North, at 4900 Broad Road on Upstate’s Community campus. Patients will visit the Community campus location for both pre and post-operative appointments with physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians and other members of the healthcare team. The new location features eight exam rooms and three consult rooms for dietitians; the previous space had six exam rooms.  In addition, a roomier waiting area will greet patients.  Bariatric surgery will be done at both of Upstate’s campuses, Downtown and at Community. The office will accommodate about 40 bariatric patient appointments daily. Some of the space will also be used for Upstate’s urology, general surgery and thoracic surgery practices.

Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Center remains the volume leader in Central New York and was honored recently for its quality outcomes, winning HealthGrades 2012 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award.

Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Center remains the only center of its kind to have earned accreditation as a Level 1A center by the American College of Surgeons’ Bariatric Surgery Network. Upstate’s center received the highest accreditation level possible, Level 1A, signifying that the hospital’s high volume practice can “manage the most challenging and complex patients.”

Surgical options include laparoscopic adjustable gastric-banding and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve resection.

Caption: Maria Lumbrazo, left, and Marcy Walser, nurse practitioners with the Upstate’s Bariatric Surgery Center, look over files in the center’s new space.

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