(Sioux Falls, SD) – The Bariatric Program at Sanford USD Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received the Center of Excellence designation by OptumHealth Care Solutions (OptumHealth). The goal of the OptumHealth Center of Excellence networks is to provide customers value by identifying hospitals and physicians that meet or exceed rigorous performance standards. This information enables consumers and payers to make informed choices and become more engaged in healthcare decisions. The Center of Excellence designation is given to those medical programs that combine superior clinical care with excellent patient support.
"We selected the Bariatric Program at Sanford USD Medical Center because it represents a commitment to patients during some of the most critical points of care," said Chris Pricco, Chief Operations Officer for OptumHealth. "We commend the Bariatric Program at Sanford USD Medical Center for its excellence in providing this level of quality in the care of patients."
All participating programs in the Center of Excellence networks complete an evaluation process on an annual basis. This process helps ensure that clients have access to only those programs that demonstrate continued clinical excellence. Criteria used to select a Center of Excellence include the following categories of assessment:
- Procedural volume and associated outcomes.
- Stability of the team and the ability of the back-up team to manage the program.
- Projected trends and technological advances in the specific field of medical science.
OptumHealth Inc. is a business of UnitedHealth Group that helps nearly 60 million Americans each year better manage their health care challenges, finance their health care needs and achieve their health and well-being goals. Since 1986, OptumHealth has been identifying complex medical conditions for which there is a quantifiable variance among treatment providers. These services are developed to support safe, successful and cost-effective care and treatment of patients with these conditions through its Centers of Excellence network. OptumHealth offers Centers of Excellence network services in the areas of transplantation, kidney disease, congenital heart disease, complex cancers, bariatric surgery, infertility and pregnancy. For more information, visit www.optumhealth.com.