Karin Salome and Kathleen Hayward

Karin Salome, BSN, RN (left), and Kathleen Hayward, RDN, LD, both of the Lakes Region General Hospital are seen at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (COURTESY PHOTO)

LACONIA — The 2019 American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was attended by Kathleen Hayward, RDN, LD, program coordinator of the Weight Institute of New Hampshire and Karin Salome, BSN, RN, metabolic bariatric surgical clinical reviewer.

The conference, held July 19-22, is unique in that it provides content from many quality programs on behalf of the American College of Surgeons, including metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement program.

The theme this year was “Putting Our Patients First,” which is the ongoing goal at the Weight Institute of New Hampshire.

Both Hayward and Salome were excited to bring back their knowledge and implement the many lessons learned on continuously improving quality, safety and value in weight loss surgery.

If interested in any of the program offerings at The Weight Institute of New Hampshire, call (603) 527-2946.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, 22 affiliated medical practices and service programs. They offer a wide range of medical, surgical, specialty, diagnostic, and therapeutic services, wellness education, support groups and other community outreach services. Emergency Services are available 24-hours a day at Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital, and the emergency department is staffed with specially trained physicians, nurses and allied staff, supported by cutting-edge diagnostics.

The Weight Institute of New Hampshire provides comprehensive weight loss options such as; bariatric surgery, Optifast Weight Management Program, lifestyle and nutritional counseling programs, behavioral weight loss and management programs and support programs. The institute has been offering bariatric surgery since 2013. In 2015, WINH became accredited as a low acuity center under the metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement program and in 2018 WINH achieved the designation of a comprehensive center.

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