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Queen’s Comprehensive Weight Management TeamOne satisfied patient of The Queen’s Medical Center’s Comprehensive Weight Management Program (CWMP) lost 75 pounds, and more importantly, is no longer on any medication for his numerous previous health issues, including diabetes. He was taking up to eight pills a day, and his job as a bus driver was in jeopardy. He now looks great and feels even better.

The CWMP was recently awarded the Blue Distinction® designation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “It’s a validation that we’re giving quality care,” CWMP coordinator Valerie Kauhane, RN, explained. The designation is given to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care, and is based on rigorous, evidence-based, objective selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physician’s and medical organization’s recommendations. The goal of the Blue Distinction is to help consumers find quality specialty care on a consistent basis, while enabling and encouraging health care professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

Since the CWMP began at Queen’s in 2004, over 600 bariatric surgeries have been performed. Eighty five per cent of patients with diabetes see a resolution to their illness. Its multidisciplinary staff—comprised of a bariatric certified RN, registered dietitians, physical therapists, clinical psychologists, bariatricians, and fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons—provide patients with one-stop convenience for appointments and allows for immediate interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation. The CWMP also hosts an annual minimally invasive surgery conference and is a teaching resource for Queen’s and the State of Hawai‘i.

The CWMP is currently recruiting participants for a Native Hawaiian health study that will look at outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes who undertake bariatric surgery. This will be done in collaboration with the The Queen’s Health Systems’s Native Hawaiian Health Program and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. If you are interested in participating, call Valerie Kauhane at 808.537.7546.

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