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Heath First LifeShape Earns National Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons

Rockledge, FL (July 17, 2013) – Health First LifeShape and the Melbourne Same-Day Surgery Center are pleased to announce it has been named an Accredited Outpatient Bariatric Surgery Center under the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Health First LifeShape is the first program on the Space Coast to be fully accredited as an Outpatient Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

“Since the inception of the LifeShape program ten years ago, our team has worked diligently to provide the highest quality of care possible to our patients,” Health First LifeShape Medical Director and Minimally Invasive General Surgeon Dr. Mark Fusco said. “We are honored to receive this distinguished accreditation.”

To earn the accreditation, Health First LifeShape met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a bariatric surgical care program and the institutional performance requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Standards. These accredited outpatient centers offer the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure, also known as gastric bands or lap bands, which is an outpatient surgical procedure and are used to address obesity and comorbid conditions such as type II diabetes and heart disease.

“Obesity is a national epidemic that sometimes requires surgery in order to receive maximum results,” said Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center President Sean Gregory. "We are proud to receive this national designation as it recognizes the success of our team in improving the health of our community."

About Health First LifeShape

Health First LifeShape Advanced Bariatric Center of Florida is a full-service multidisciplinary weight loss center offering physician supervised medical weight loss programs, personalized fitness training in private state-of-the-art gym and surgical treatment. With a highly trained team of surgeons, internal medicine doctors, nurses, nutritionists, personal trainers and psychologists, Health First LifeShape provides patients with a safe and effective weight-loss surgery, comprehensive pre- and post-operative education and ongoing aftercare. For more information, visit www.lifeshape.net or call 321-728-7553.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated health system and employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.