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About Our Weightloss Program

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Hahnemann University Hospital is led by Andres Castellanos, MD, medical director. Each member of the weight loss surgery care team is dedicated to conveying their expertise to the bariatric surgery patient.

Our surgical team routinely performs the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures, primarily using the laparoscopic surgical technique.

Learn more about our Surgical Weight Loss Program by attending one of our community education seminars.
Register for one of our upcoming seminars on-line, or call us at (267) 330-0760.

    The dedicated team of bariatric surgery professionals at the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Hahnemann University Hospital will be here to guide you through each stage of your weight loss journey! 

    We are committed to providing the guidance, education and support you need through:

    • Comprehensive nutrition counseling (both before and after surgery) designed to promote healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle habits that can be sustained for a lifetime;
    • Educational offerings designed to give each patient the tools and guidance they need to achieve optimal weight loss;
    • Support to face the challenges of transitioning to a new and smaller body; and
    • Post-surgical follow-up designed to ensure that patients achieve an improved quality of life, while maintaining healthy, long-term weight loss

    Hahnemann Bariatrics Achieves National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

    MBSAQIP-Seal PHILADELPHIA (September 15, 2015) — Hahnemann Bariatrics was recently accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) - a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This designation means that Hahnemann Bariatrics meets national quality standards established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care.

    To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Hahnemann Bariatrics met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.

     “The bariatric surgery team at Hahnemann University Hospital is honored to have been recognized by these two distinguished organizations for the work we have been doing to help people in our community improve their quality of life,” Andres Castellanos, MD, Medical Director for the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Hahnemann University Hospital, said. “Every member of the hospital staff contributed to the accreditation process, and the designation affirms that we have met the highest standards in conveying patient-centered care.”

    The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

    Hahnemann Bariatrics commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes.  They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

    To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Hahnemann Bariatrics met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, published by the ACS and ASMBS.

    After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

    In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity. Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

    For more information about Hahnemann's Bariatric Surgery Program, call (267) 330-0760.

    About Hahnemann University Hospital

    Hahnemann University Hospital is a 496-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa.  The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. In 2009, Hahnemann earned Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® and received redesignation in 2015. Hahnemann is recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in stroke and heart failure treatments. U.S. News and World Report’s 2014-15 “Best Hospital’s” report named Hahnemann among the top 50 Best Hospitals in the nation for nephrology, and ranked 12 medical specialties as “high performing.” The hospital performed one of the city’s first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976.  Hahnemann became Philadelphia’s first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families. Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

    About the American College of Surgeons

    The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

    About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

    The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

    Feel free to contact us via phone or e-mail, and a member of our service team will get in touch with you.

    Center for Surgical Weight Loss

    Hahnemann University Hospital

    231 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor

    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    (267) 330-0760

    huh-bariatrics@tenethealth.com

    The team at the Center for Surgical Weight Loss is ready to assist you. Our offices are conveniently located on the campus of Hahnemann University Hospital, at 231 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA.  

    Our hours of operation are:

    • Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
    • Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
    • Saturday By Appointment
    • Sunday Closed

    We Accept:

    • Cash
    • Checks
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • Money Orders

    Schuylkill Expressway:

    Take I-76 East or West, the Schuylkill Expressway, to I-676 East, the Vine Street Expressway, into Center City Philadelphia. Exit at Broad Street (Route 611). At the end of the exit ramp, go to the second light (Broad Street). Make a left on to Broad Street.  Follow Broad Street north to Wood Street.  Make a left on to Wood Street.  The Hahnemann University Hospital Parking lot entrance will be on your left. 

    Exit the parking garage onto Vine Street.  Make a left on to Vine Street.  Follow Vine Street to the corner (Broad Street).  Cross Broad Street.  The hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets. 

    Interstate 95 in Either Direction:

    Take I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway. From the Vine Street Expressway, take the Broad Street Exit. Once off the exit ramp, turn left at the first light onto Vine Street East. Take the Vine Street East to Broad Street. Make a left on to Broad Street.  Follow Broad Street north to Wood Street.  Make a left on to Wood Street.  The Hahnemann University Hospital Parking lot entrance is on your left. 

    Exit the parking garage onto Vine Street.  Make a left on to Vine Street.  Follow Vine Street to the corner (Broad Street).  Cross Broad Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets. 

    Pennsylvania Turnpike from the West:

    Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Valley Forge, Exit 24. Travel east on I-76, the Schuylkill Expressway, to I-676 East, the Vine Street Expressway. Exit at Broad Street. At the end of the exit ramp, go straight to the second light (Broad Street).  Make a left on to Broad Street.  Follow Broad Street north to Wood Street.  Make a left on to Wood Street.  The Hahnemann University Hospital Parking lot entrance is on your left. 

    Exit the parking garage onto Vine Street.  Make a left on to Vine Street.  Follow Vine Street to the corner (Broad Street).  Cross Broad Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets. 

    Northeast Extension:

    Take the Northeast Extension (I-476) South to I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Take I-76 East to I-676 East, the Vine Street Expressway. Exit at Broad Street. At the end of the exit ramp, go straight to the second light (Broad Street).  Make a left on to Broad Street.  Follow Broad Street north to Wood Street.  Make a left on to Wood Street.  The Hahnemann University Hospital Parking lot entrance is on your left. 

    Exit the parking garage onto Vine Street.  Make a left on to Vine Street.  Follow Vine Street to the corner (Broad Street).  Cross Broad Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets. 

    New Jersey Turnpike from the North:

    Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 4. Take Route NJ-73 North to NJ-38 West and follow signs to Philadelphia and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. When crossing the bridge, stay in Lane 2. Continue straight ahead and follow signs for Vine Street Local Traffic and Route 611. Continue straight on Vine Street for approximately 10 blocks to the intersection of Broad Street (Route 611) and Vine Street.  Make a right on to Broad Street.  Make a left on to Wood Street.  The Hahnemann University Hospital Parking lot entrance is on your left. 

    Exit the parking garage onto Vine Street.  Make a left on to Vine Street.  Follow Vine Street to the corner (Broad Street).  Cross Broad Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets. 

    New Jersey Turnpike from the South:

    Take the New Jersey Turnpike North to Exit 3. Turn left off the exit onto NJ-168 North to I-295 South.  Follow signs for I-76 and I-676 North to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. When crossing the bridge, stay in Lane 2. Continue straight ahead and follow signs for Vine Street Local Traffic and Route 611. Continue straight on Vine Street for approximately 10 blocks to the intersection of Broad Street (Route 611) and Vine Street.   Make a right on to Broad Street.  Follow Broad Street north to Wood Street.  Make a left on to Wood Street.  The Hahnemann University Hospital Parking lot entrance is on your left. 

    Exit the parking garage onto Vine Street.  Make a left on to Vine Street.  Follow Vine Street to the corner (Broad Street).  Cross Broad Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets. 

    Discount parking is available in the hospital's Wood Streetgarage, located at the corner of Wood and Broad Streets.

    Other lots that offer discount parking:

    • The southeast corner of Broad Street and Vine Street East (entrance on Vine Street East)
    • Vine Street East and Watts Street (entrance on Watts Street)
    • Vine Street East and Juniper Street (entrance on Juniper Street)
    • Race Street and 15th Street (entrances on Race Street, 15th Street and Cherry Street)
    • Race Street and southeast corner of Broad Street (entrances on Race Street and Broad Street)
    • Broad Street between Race Street and Cherry Street
    • The southeast corner of Broad Street, Race Street and Cherry Street (entrances on Race Street and  Broad Street)

    To obtain a discount at these designated lots, have your parking ticket stamped at the hospital lobby information desk or any security officer's station. 

    Market-Frankford Line: 

    Exit the Market-Frankford train at the City Hall stop.  There you can change - free of charge - to the Broad Street Subway.  Take the Broad Street Subway North to the first stop (Race-Vine).  Exit the subway at Vine Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets.   

    Broad Street Subway (north or south):
    Get off at the Race-Vine stop. Exit the subway at Vine Street.  The entrance to Hahnemann University Hospital is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets.  

    SEPTA's Regional Rail System:
    All trains stop at Penn Center-Suburban Station (16th and John F. Kennedy Boulevard).  Follow JFK Blvd one block east to 15th Street.  Follow 15th Street north to Race Street (approximately 4 blocks).  Make a right onto Race Street; follow Race Street one block to Hahnemann University Hospital’s main entrance.  

    New Jersey-Port Authority Corporation (PATCO):
    Take the PATCO Hi-Speed Line into Philadelphia to the stop at 12th- 13th Street on Locust Street. For a connection to SEPTA's Broad Street Subway, stay underground and follow the signs for the Broad Street Subway (the walk is approximately two blocks). Take the Broad Street Subway north to the Race-Vine stop.  Exit the subway at Vine Street.  Hahnemann University Hospital’s main entrance is located on the southwest corner of Broad & Vine Streets.  

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