Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Launches Affiliation With Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

| April 24, 2014

April 2014

EDINBURG, Texas—Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. This affiliation will give DHR access and ability to implement Cleveland Clinic’s best practices, patient and safety initiatives, clinical pathways and protocols here at home.

“This exciting affiliation will provide us with new tools, cutting-edge technology and evidenced-based medicine to combat diabetes and obesity in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Israel Rocha, Chief Executive Officer, DHR.

Patients at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance will enjoy greater access to world-class management of obesity and related diseases, bariatric surgery, clinical trials, treatment protocols and additional research opportunities that are offered through Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

The affiliation with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is the first of its kind for Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

“We are thrilled to work with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to develop a bariatric surgery program with the highest standards for patient care, safety, and efficient operations,” said Philip Schauer, MD, Director

ofCleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “Our mission is to be a resource for patients and healthcare providers at DHR—to provide guidance and share our expertise—to enable the delivery of world-class treatment for individuals suffering from obesity and diabetes. Together, we can best combat the ‘diabesity’ epidemic.”

To help address this health challenge, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is proud to work with Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Manish Singh, Medical Director of the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, states, “Obesity is a major public health concern in our community. At DHR’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, we know that the management of obesity is not a simple, one step procedure. The real solution is monitoring to ensure patient safety while providing the most effective weight-loss surgery.” Dr. Singh continues, “Cleveland Clinic’s bariatric program has shown world-class excellence in treating obesity and its related diseases with modern treatment strategies, research and education. The association of DHR and Cleveland Clinic will bring the same world-class care and experience to the residents of the Rio Grande Valley.”

Cleveland Clinic researchers have been at the forefront of research in the field of bariatric surgery and diabetes. They led the groundbreaking STAMPEDE (Surgical Therapy And Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently) trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine in March 2012 with a three year follow-up published in March 2014. The STAMPEDE trial was the first to show that bariatric surgery, when combined with medical therapy, is more effective than medical therapy alone in controlling diabetes mellitus in obese and non-obese patients. Three years after the trial, more than 90 percent of participants that underwent bariatric surgery were able to lose 25 percent of their body weight and control their diabetes without the use of insulin and multiple diabetes drugs.

This affiliation represents the latest chapter in DHR’s continuing effort to address obesity and diabetes in South Texas. Since 2009, DHR has forged key partnerships with leading healthcare institutions across the nation to set a new standard of care and access in the Rio Grande Valley. To date, DHR has established partnerships with United Healthcare, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, the Center for Cancer Therapy Research, and several other leading institutions.

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