Frye Bariatric Surgeons Named Fellows of ASMBS 
Friday, 16 December 2011 
Frye Regional Medical Center today announced it has achieved renewal designation as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Center of Excellence®. Frye has held this distinction since 2005.

The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program was started in 2004 to advance the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care. Surgical Review Corporation administers the program on behalf of the ASMBS.

According to the ASMBS, this designation is awarded to a hospital or institution that performs at least 125 bariatric surgeries per year, has detailed, established procedures for care of bariatric surgery patients and submits results to a national database for review and reporting.

“Earning the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation signifies our ability to consistently deliver some of the safest and highest-quality care to bariatric surgery patients, said Frye Bariatric Center Medical Director Dr. L. James Cook. “Participation has focused our team on the goal to exceed clinical benchmarks and guidelines.”

Frye CEO Michael Blackburn added, “We are very proud of our designation and our multidisciplinary team that achieve this. With our commitment to excellence, we can hopefully improve the health and well-being of our patients.”

In addition, Frye Regional Medical Center congratulates L. James Cook, MD, Monty H. Cox, MD, and Jonathan A. Hata, MD for being named Fellows of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for a period of two years. 

The program serves to acknowledge surgeons who have completed their training requirements needed to practice safe and effective bariatric surgery (according to fellowship training standards established by the ASMBS). The objective of certificates is to add value to surgeons and to emphasize their ability to adequately perform metabolic and bariatric surgery.


For more information on Frye’s program visit
www.fryemedctr./surgicalweightloss or call 828-315-5577. For physician referral, call 828-315-3391.