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Hospital Reaccredited as Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset of Somerville, NJ, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has retained its accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation – one of only five in New Jersey to achieve this designation. A Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery accreditation distinguishes Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset from many other hospitals by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery means Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, along with its bariatric surgeons, have met nationally recognized standards. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site inspection process are granted accreditation. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has been an SRC-accredited Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery since 2016.

“Designation as a Center of Excellence is a testament to the commitment of our entire bariatric surgery team, including our surgeons, nurses, nutritionist and patient navigator,” said Tony Cava, President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “It assures our community that they will receive the highest level of care and the support they need throughout their surgery and recovery.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s bariatric surgical procedures include sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en Y gastric bypass and loop duodenal switch. A monthly support group and nutritional counseling are available to support patients pre- and post-surgery.

Healthcare organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site inspection. This process includes physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in the accredited program. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization or surgeon improve its care and services.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Located in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a nationally accredited, 341-bed regional hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitative services to central New Jersey residents. As a designated teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital maintains a family medicine residency program with 21 residents.

RWJUH Somerset has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and designation as a “Top Teaching Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group. As the first hospital in New Jersey to offer primary health care services for the LGBTQIA community, RWJUH Somerset has been honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. RWJBarnabas Health and RWJUH Somerset in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - bring a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

For more information, visit www.rwjbh.org/somerset. For a physician referral, call 888-724-7123.

About SRC – Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC is the leading administrator of quality improvement and accreditation programs for surgeons and hospitals worldwide. SRC’s proven methodology, know as the “Cycle of Excellence,” results in quantifiable and unparalleled improvement in outcomes, patient safety and costs across surgical specialties. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.