SmartShape Weight Loss Clinic Gains International Recognition


TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Centric Healthcare announced today that its SmartShape Weight Loss Clinic division has been recognized as Canada's first Centre of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) an internationally recognized healthcare leader committed to advancing the safety, efficacy, and efficiency of surgical care worldwide

The SRC's prestigious accreditation acknowledges SmartShape's institutional commitment to excellence following a rigorous review process that included; consultative, clinical pathway, patient education and continuous quality assessment requirements.

Dr. Chris Cobourn, CEO and Medical Director, stated: "When our patients give us positive feedback about their sustained weight loss it is extremely gratifying. We are helping them live the way they've always dreamed. To have our hard work, commitment to excellence and dedication also recognized by a group like SRC, it is a testament to what SmartShape believes and lives".

The SmartShape surgical weight loss program is available through a network of locations across Canada that meet or exceed the quality standards of the applicable Provincial Colleges and Regulatory bodies.

SmartShape's surgeons and clinicians are leaders in setting high-quality standards for each of the surgical specialties. Their Lap-Band® surgeries are administered under the direction of Dr. Cobourn, Canada's first and only surgeon to be accredited as a Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for the Lap Band technique. The SmartShape team also includes Tammy Mitchell, Canada's first Certified Bariatric Nurse Specialist certified by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

SmartShape was the first Canadian clinic to have Lap-Band research published in the world-renowned bariatric journal Obesity Surgery in 2010.  SmartShape is the only Canadian Surgical Weight Loss Centre to use the FDA approved Lap-Band System®, a safe and efficient procedure that's helped over 800,000 people worldwide to manage their weight safely with long-lasting results.

Centric Health is Canada's largest and most comprehensive independent health care provider.

For questions or to set up interviews please contact: Clarissa Aznar ( 905.278.8000 x.295

SOURCE Centric Health Corporation

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