Fingerlakes Bariatric Program Designated Bariatric Center of Excellence

Posted on: 02/08/2012

 Fingerlakes Bariatric Program Designated Bariatric Center of Excellence

Auburn Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that the Fingerlakes Bariatric Program has been accredited by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the highest level of recognition.

The ASMBS, a leader in research and development of weight loss surgery, promotes the delivery of bariatric surgical care with the highest levels of efficiency and patient safety. In order to qualify for this designation, the surgeon and hospital must meet stringent requirements.

The Fingerlakes Bariatric Program, under the direction of Carl A. Weiss III MD PhD, has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for its bariatric patients. Accredited bariatric programs provide the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care for bariatric patients from the pre hospital phase through the early postoperative care and long term follow up to ensure the greatest opportunity for success.

“Since the initial development of the Fingerlakes Bariatric Program in 2005, it has been my primary goal to obtain this prestigious designation” stated Dr. Weiss, “The staff has worked diligently and the entire team deserves high praise for this accomplishment.”

Through the ASMBS designation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now recognize the Fingerlakes Bariatric Program which will allow expanded coverage for Medicare patients who are eligible for bariatric surgery.

“The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence recognizes both the surgeon and the hospital as having demonstrated unparalleled commitment and the ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care to our community,” stated Scott A. Berlucchi, President/CEO at Auburn Memorial Hospital. 


Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence is a registered trademark of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Used by permission of ASMBS. All rights reserved.

Left to Right: Elizabeth Cornell, RD, Jean Droczak, Scott Berlucchi, President/CEO, Kim Bertonica, RN, Dr. Carl Weiss, Ronayne Herbert, RNve 




Memorial Hospital

AMH is a not-for-profit, 99-bed acute care facility serving a population of approximately 80,000 in Cayuga County and the surrounding areas of the Finger Lakes region of Central New York.  Clinical services include emergency, intensive and coronary care, laboratory services, maternity, pediatrics, psychiatric services, orthopedics, respiratory and physical therapy, radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diabetes care, bariatric surgery, wound treatment, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiovascular lab services and medicine.  There are urgent care facilities in Auburn and Skaneateles that provide prompt, convenient quality care seven days a week from board certified physicians AMH’s Emergency Care Unit.  AMH also has a Veterans Clinic that provides primary and preventative outpatient care as well as mental health services to the region’s veterans.  Also under the AMH umbrella is the Finger Lakes Center for Living, providing long-term nursing and short-term rehabilitation services in an 80-bed skilled nursing facility. 

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