Bariatric Surgery Center Recertified as Center of Excellence

ThedaCare Program Recognized for High-Quality Care

September 9, 2020

NEENAH, Wis. – The ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah bariatric center, in a partnership with Surgical Associates of Neenah, S.C., was recertified by The Clinical Sciences Institute (CSI) of Optum as a Bariatric Center of Excellence (COE).

The honor recognizes the program’s expertise and cost efficiency in delivering specialized bariatric care. ThedaCare remains a local and national leader in quality bariatric care.

“The recertification from Optum demonstrates the commitment to our patients and families,” said Dr. Kevin Wasco, co-medical director of ThedaCare Bariatric Surgery Center. “The program at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah is well-rounded, ensuring patients are supported before and after surgery in all aspects of weight loss, both physically and mentally.”

Dr. Wasco goes on to explain the recognition shows our patients and communities the program’s pledge to expertise and cost efficiency in delivering specialized bariatric care. 

“We provide you with the answers and support you need for life,” said Dr. Wasco. “The most effective program combines nutrition, diet and exercise with education and counseling.”

ThedaCare’s bariatric program is one of only four Bariatric Centers of Excellence recognized by Optum in Wisconsin. The other centers are located in Brookfield and Milwaukee.

Some of the services provided by ThedaCare during bariatrics weight loss surgery include:

  • Minimally invasive approach for bariatric procedures
  • Nutritional education and guidance
  • Professional exercise training
  • Emotional support and counseling
  • Help with insurance considerations
The ThedaCare bariatrics team offers free live and video webinars. To register, please call 920.720.7211 or register online at