Largo Medical Center Designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality For Weight Loss Surgery

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Largo Medical Center Designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality For Weight Loss Surgery

(LARGO, FLORIDA) – Largo Medical Center has been designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid, or extreme, obesity.

“This designation shows how the staff at Largo Medical Center continues to put the quality of care of the hospital’s patients first,” said Tiffany Jessee-Wylie, DO, Medical Director, Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

“Without the level of compassionate and quality care our hospital provided, the clinical team wouldn’t be able to achieve accolades like this or be the first in so many clinical arenas,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer, Largo Medical Center.

In 2016, Largo Medical Center received the prestigious MBSAQIP Bariatric Surgical Accreditation and became the first in the area to perform a non-surgical weight loss balloon procedure. In years prior, the staff performed the first robotic bariatric adjustable gastric band and bariatric sleeve operations. To find out more about the Florida Bariatric Centers, check out

About Largo Medical Center

Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) Services at the Florida Bariatric Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, the H2U Health and Wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney & Liver Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic/Total Joint Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sports Medicine Care with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has AOA and ACGME Accredited Graduate Medical Education programs. The hospital is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Largo Medical Center is a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) Program, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain Center with PCI and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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