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Grand View opens Bariatric Surgery Center

By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree, The Intelligencer

Grand View Health has created a new bariatric program to offer weight-loss surgery and related services to patients suffering from obesity and obesity-related illnesses.

The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, led by surgeon Dr. Michael Fishman, officially opened earlier this month in West Rockhill with its first surgeries, but had been accepting patients since January.

“We assessed the needs in our community to understand the area’s top health concerns,” Grand View president and CEO Jean Keeler said in an email. “We found a troubling number of adults in our service area are currently obese or overweight, and with Dr. Fishman onboard at the hospital, we knew it was the right time to offer a dedicated bariatric surgery and weight loss program. Our mission is to lead the community to a healthier future, and we are confident the new Bariatric & Metabolic Institute will give us the opportunities to do so.”

More than 78 million U.S. adults are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 24 million are severely or morbidly obese, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates.

Obesity can lead to chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, as well other illnesses such as stroke and certain types of cancer.

An estimated 179,000 patients received bariatric surgery in 2013, up from 158,000 in 2011, according to statistics from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Such surgeries cost between $11,500 and $26,000, on average, the society says, but many insurance companies are now covering the procedures.

Grand View’s Bariatric & Metabolic Institute offers three types of weight-loss surgery: gastric banding, an outpatient procedure that involves implanting an inflatable band around a small portion of the stomach; sleeve gastrectomy, in which about 80 percent of the stomach is removed; and gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y, the most common type of weight-loss surgery, which involves bypassing much of the stomach.

“There are a lot of patients who thought about bariatric surgery,” Fishman said, “but it wasn’t at Grand View, and they didn’t want to go elsewhere.”

Fishman leads a team that includes a physician assistant, patient navigator, registered dietitians and additional support staff who help patients not only through the surgery, but on making lifestyle changes so they can be successful in losing weight.
“Its most important piece is, it’s not just one surgeon,” he said. “It’s a group of people collaborating to provide the patient a fail-safe way to succeed.”

‘Get Fit with a Doc’ teams Grand View doctors with community for walks at West Rockhill’s James Park
By Bob Keeler, Montgomery News

Walking 30 minutes a day at least five times a week is best, but it doesn’t have to be that much to help improve your health, Dr. Miroslawa Jablonski-Cohen told participants about to take part in the May 7 “Get Fit with a Doc” walk at James Memorial Park on Ridge Road in West Rockhill.

TO YOUR HEALTH: Dropless cataract surgery easier, less costly for seniors
By Linda Finarelli, Montgomery News

A shot in the eye versus several weeks of three different eye drops.

The thought may be a bit intense, but if the shot is not felt and money is saved by not having to buy expensive eye drops, the scales will dip to the first option for a lot of cataract patients.

Future of health care: innovation and personalized medicine
By Jennifer Glose, Lehigh Valley Business

The health care industry last year underwent a dramatic change as it weathered through the integral stages of the most historic piece of federal health care reform since Medicare in the 1960s.

Grand View’s ‘Father of Orthopedics’ Retires After 50 Years
By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree, The Intelligencer

Grand View Hospital announced it was changing the name of its network to Grand View Health at the organization’s annual business meeting Tuesday night, to keep with what leadership said is changing times for health care.

Bucks County’s Grand View Hospital changes name
By Jennifer Glose, Lehigh Valley Business

As children, Richard Godshall and his brother would ride their bikes around their Franconia neighborhood, collecting donations for Grand View Hospital.

Grand View Hospital Announces Name Change
By Kyle Bagenstose, The Intelligencer

Grand View Hospital announced it was changing the name of its network to Grand View Health at the organization’s annual business meeting Tuesday night, to keep with what leadership said is changing times for health care.

Women at the Wheel: Q&A With the Female Leadership Team of Grand View Hospital
By Molly Gamble, Becker’s Hospital Review

Grand View Hospital and Health Foundation in Sellersville, Pa., is home to one of the more unique governance structures in today’s healthcare landscape: Its president and CEO, CIO, CMO, CNO and chair of the board are all women. Read More

Some hospital pension funds in critical condition
By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer

Pension funds are probably not among the top five worries for most nonprofit hospital executives, but a Standard & Poor’s report this week showed a negative trend that could be trouble for financially struggling hospitals. Read More

Fmr. Phillies Pitcher Jamie Moyer Talks About Living Healthy
By Will Lewis, WFMZ

Video Interview with Jamie Moyer at the Well Into the Future Seminar A man who helped the Phillies win a title in 2008 is talking to people about the importance of staying healthy. Jamie Moyer returned home to help Grand View Hospital celebrate 100 years in business. Read More

A CEO for a New Century at Grand View Hospital
By Theresa Hegel, Staff Writer, The Intelligencer

One hundred years ago, a group of doctors had a grand vision: Build a hospital in Upper Bucks County so residents of the largely rural area didn’t have to make the miles-long trek into the city when they fell ill or were hurt. Read More

It’s Been a Good Stretch for Grand View Hospital
Posted by Tim Darragh at 01:03:35 PM on February 14, 2012

Grand View Hospital in Sellersville this week announced a trio of certifications that should boost the confidence of patients considering joint replacement or treatment for heart failure or stroke. Read more