New Life Weight Loss Center receives prestigious Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence accreditation

June 28th, 2013

Bariatric patients in Southern Illinois have reason to rejoice!

New Life Weight Loss Center at Herrin Hospital is now the first and only accredited Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in a 90-mile radius.

The prestigious three-year accreditation by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recognizes consistent excellence in clinical practice, patient outcomes and facilities at the center. The accomplishment is significant as it opens new doors to Medicare patients requiring weight loss surgery.

The honor coincides with an additional accomplishment: completion of the surgeons' 500th surgery in the three years since the inception of the program.

“Our program is comprehensive in every way and truly changes lives,” said Deepu Sudhakaran, bariatric (weight loss) surgeon and partner at New Life Weight Loss Center. “The accreditation program required a set of stringent certification criteria that stressed safety, proficiency and volume.”

“The extensive approval process also included a rigorous site inspection, which we passed with flying colors,” Sudhakaran said. “The Center of Excellence award is a quality marker that tells patients they can expect the same, high-quality national standard of service here in Herrin that they would receive in big-city hospitals.”

Naresh Ahuja, bariatric (weight loss) surgeon and medical director of New Life Weight Loss Center, noted that weight loss is not just a matter of getting the surgery done.

“It’s a matter of choosing a skilled surgeon supported by a center with robust pre and post-operative support systems in place,” Ahuja said. “In the three years since the inception of our program, we have consistently delivered safe, effective evidence-based care to all of our patients, in accordance with the best practices in the field today. I congratulate Southern Illinois Healthcare, our team and patients who have been instrumental in helping us achieve this milestone.”

About New Life Weight Loss Center

New Life Weight Loss Center is a bariatric surgery service line for Herrin Hospital. The center has a multidisciplinary team made up on two bariatric surgeons, a physician assistant, trained nurses, registered dietitians and a medical assistant, who work together to provide top-of-the-line, evidence-based bariatric care.

The center offers three types of weight loss surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding (lap band). In addition, the center also offers redo bariatric surgeries.

Call 1-888-639-0033 or 618-988-6171 to register for a free informational seminar on the process and life changing benefits of bariatric surgery. Visit for more information.