Delray Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Program Receives National Accreditation as a Center of Excellence

Sep 15, 2020

Delray Beach, Fla. – Delray Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss program receives National Accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Bariatrics from Optum Health. Optum’s Clinical Sciences Institute (CSI) awards designations based on clinical quality and cost effectiveness to programs in the United Healthcare network of specialties.

“Delray Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high-level of care for patients who undergo bariatric surgery to experience this potentially life-changing procedure,” said Maggie Gill, chief executive officer for the Palm Beach Health Network & Delray Medical Center.  “We are excited to receive this recognition honoring our team for the work they do to serve the healthcare needs in the communities we serve.”

Programs accredited by the Optum Bariatric Centers of Excellence (COEs) perform more successful bariatric procedures than many other facilities nearby. The Optum COEs also have fewer complications and readmissions and offer:

  • 15% lower mortality compared to non-COE providers5
  • 16% lower inpatient hospital readmission5
  • 12% lower reoperation rate for bariatric procedures5

Located on the campus of Delray Medical Center, the Surgical Weight Loss Program specializes in a team approach led by Medical Director, Dr. Erica Podolsky. Our experienced team offers multi-disciplinary care for the most effective procedures available for surgical weight loss in South Florida.  For more information about the Surgical Weight Loss Program go to our website at

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