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CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW BARIATRIC & METABOLIC SURGERY PROGRAM – 2/22/2016

HARRIS, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center announces a new Bariatric & Metabolic Surgical Service Program to help patients suffering with obesity. Catskill Regional now offers three surgical procedures: gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery which reduces the size of the stomach to help patients achieve weight loss. Free seminars are held monthly for individuals considering bariatric surgery and support groups are available to help patients post-surgery.

Long-term studies show bariatric surgical procedures provide significant long-term weight loss, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors and a reduction in mortality, among other health related benefits.

“We are pleased to offer this comprehensive program to our community which can have tremendous positive benefits to those challenged by obesity,” said Catskill Regional’s CEO & CMO Dr. Gerard Galarneau.  “Patients will receive compassionate care by experienced medical professionals who want to positively change the quality of life for those suffering with obesity.”

The program’s medical director is Peter Kwon, M.D., the founder and director of Tri-State Bariatrics. His practice has helped over 6,000 severely obese patients with surgical weight loss in the past 12 years. Dr. Kwon has 29 years of experience in the general and laparoscopic surgery field, including 12 years of experience as a bariatric surgeon. He has performed over 3,000 weight loss surgeries.

Dr. Kwon is a graduate of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and completed his general surgery residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS).

Lifelong Sullivan County resident Karen Grund McKoy, R.N., will serve as program director and facilitator of the bariatric support groups.

Ms. McKoy has 20 years of experience in post-surgical, critical care, and emergency nursing.  She joined Catskill Regional in 2000 and previously served as director of staff education, quality and risk management, long-term care/sub-acute rehabilitation, and infection prevention. Ms. McKoy has also worked as an adjunct instructor for Sullivan County Community College’s LPN to RN Bridge Program.

Ms. McKoy received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She also holds a certificate in Legal Nurse Consulting from Kaplan University, and graduated from the HANYS Academy for Healthcare Leadership.

Gretchen Hartman, R.D., clinical nutrition manager will lead the program’s bariatric clinical nutrition on an interim basis.  Ms. Hartman joined Catskill Regional in 2013 as a clinical dietitian. She currently oversees the clinical nutrition team and is also responsible for utilizing the Nutrition Care Process to thoroughly assess, diagnose and implement nutrition intervention, and monitor and evaluate patients’ progress to assure nutritional needs are being met.

Ms. Hartman received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Marywood University and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Delaware.

The most recent American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines suggest any patient with a BMI of more than 30 with comorbidities such as diabetes and cardiac related issues may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.

For more information about Catskill Regional’s Bariatric & Metabolic Surgical Services Program or to register for a free seminar visit www.crmcny.org/bariatrics or call 1-855-321-CRMC (2762).

  

Kwon, McKoy & Hartman.