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June 2, 2011

St. Francis Hospital Is An Aetna Institute Of Quality® For Weight Loss Surgery

St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, a leading provider of surgical weight loss procedures in Washington, has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals with morbid or extreme obesity.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized services for certain health conditions.

St. Francis Hospital, which is part of the Franciscan Health System, earned the designation as an Aetna Institute of Quality® (IOQ) facility for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care. Individuals who have Aetna insurance plans with an IOQ requirement can undergo bariatric (weight loss) surgery at St. Francis.

“We are very proud to have earned this recognition from Aetna,” said Diane Gray, RN, manager of the St. Francis Center for Weight Management. “Our status as an Institute of Quality is a testament to our commitment to excellence and to providing the best experience for every patient we serve.”

St. Francis Hospital introduced its bariatric surgery program in 2001. Procedures are performed by Myur Srikanth, MD, a community surgeon and Franciscan medical staff member.

St. Francis Hospital is also recognized as a center of excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Learn more

In addition to bariatric surgery, the physicians, nurses and other health care professionals at St. Francis Hospital provide a comprehensive range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency medical services. The hospital opened in 1987 and has 128 patient beds.

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