BCBS of Illinois Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery | Loyola Medicine
Monday, March 15, 2021

Loyola Medicine Recognized as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine has been recognized as a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery through the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery provide a full range of bariatric surgery care, including surgical care, post-operative obesity medical and surgical care, outpatient follow up and lifelong patient education.

Loyola Medicine bariatric surgeries take place at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Care is also provided at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care on the Gottlieb campus, and at the Loyola Medicine at Palos South Campus.

“Loyola Medicine offers comprehensive weight loss care, including bariatric surgery and medical options. Our team includes highly skilled surgeons, weight loss doctors, registered dietitians and psychologists, providing individualized weight loss strategies for each of our patients," said Bipan Chand, MD, regional director, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care.  "We are honored to receive this distinction from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and continue to focus on high quality and safety for all of our patients.

Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S., with more than 252,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2018, according to a report from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that nearly 42.7% of U.S. adults and more than 18.5% of youth are obese and impacted by obesity-related health conditions.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.