Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Recognized for Higher Quality in Bariatric Surgery

January 23, 2018

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery, designated as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering improved safety and health outcomes for patients.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, a health care facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rates for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band. The health care facility must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels, and demonstrate an effective level of cost-efficiency.

“Our team has worked diligently to provide effective bariatric options for our patients,” says Dr. D’Arcy Duke, Conemaugh Physician Group – Surgery, bariatric surgeon. “We have very successful patient outcomes and offer bariatric surgery as a tool for our patients on their weight loss journey. Additional services of our program include counseling and assistance with lifestyle changes.”

Bariatric surgery at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is performed by Dr. D’Arcy Duke and Dr. Stanley Zagorski, both of Conemaugh Physician Group – Surgery. To schedule an appointment, call (814) 539-8725.


About Conemaugh Health System
Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 3,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.  Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, the system’s flagship hospital, provides sophisticated technology, the highest levels of trauma and neonatal intensive care and a committed history of training tomorrow’s physician, nurses and allied health providers. For more information on Conemaugh, visit us at or follow us on Facebook.

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