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Weight Institute of NH Receives “Comprehensive Center” Designation

LACONIA, NH – The Weight Institute of NH (WINH), a Department of LRGHealthcare, recently completed the renewal process for its accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  LRGHealthcare is proud to announce that WINH has received a higher level of accreditation designating it as a comprehensive center.

Because it is now a comprehensive center, more opportunities will be available at WINH for patients interested in undergoing bariatric surgery.

Benefits of a “comprehensive center” designation include:
  • More insurance carriers are expected to approve of surgeries taking place with WINH.
  • When deemed appropriate, WINH may perform bariatric surgery on patients aged 65 and up as well as those who are at higher risk.
  • Revisions may be performed by WINH on patients who have had bariatric surgery in the past.
“We are very excited about our latest designation as a comprehensive center for bariatric surgery,” states Dr. Raza Shariff, WINH Medical Director and Bariatric Surgeon. “We have a great team here at WINH; that has strived to meet and exceed national standards, resulting in excellent outcomes.”

A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. WINH meets essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers.
About Weight Institute of NH:  As a medical weight loss center, the Weight Institute of New Hampshire (WINH) provides comprehensive weight loss options such as; bariatric surgery, OPTIFAST® Weight Management Program, lifestyle and nutritional counseling programs, behavioral weight loss and management programs and support programs. We offer the education and resource tools you need to achieve lifelong weight loss success.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.
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