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Local weight-loss institute receives accreditation


Dignity Health’s Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast has been granted “level two” accreditation by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons.

Dignity Health of the Central Coast includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.

This accreditation shows the institute’s commitment to providing the highest quality of treatment for its patients undergoing weight loss surgery, officials said in a press release. It supplies assistance and resources for both pre- and post- operative care, as well as the essential hospital resources for morbidly obese patients undergoing weight-loss surgery.

Dr. Edward Felix, a skilled expert in weight-loss surgery, has also been added to the bariatric team. He has completed more than 2,000 gastric bypasses, the majority of which were laparoscopic and minimally invasive.

According to a the press release, Dignity Health is “proud to welcome Dr. Felix to the community, and is excited to see the impact he will have on the Institute.”

For more information, or to make an appointment, contact Dignity Health at 348-3700 or visit


Intern Dora Saltzman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Send comments or ideas to the Sun via email at