Our Bariatric Centres

The Ontario Bariatric Network (OBN) is a collaborative network consisting of 12 Bariatric Centres across Ontario with interdisciplinary teams of bariatric experts that provide comprehensive medical and surgical bariatric services. The 12 Bariatric Centres across Ontario include 7 Bariatric Centres of Excellence (BCoEs), 2 Regional Assessment and Treatment Centres (RATCs), and 3 Surgical Only Sites.

Bariatric Centres of Excellence (BCoE)

A Bariatric Centre of Excellence is an organization with a team of experts promoting the collaboration and use of best practices around the care of people suffering with obesity and obesity related diseases. 


Certain criteria must first exist in order for a centre to qualify as a BCoE:

  • Full acute care and inpatient facility
  • ICU availability
  • 24 hour emergency department and 24 hour surgical coverage
  • Oximetry beds for postop care with respiratory technician availability
  • At least 2 laparoscopic bariatric surgeons each performing minimum of 50 cases per year
  • Minimum of 120 bariatric cases per year
  • Multi-disciplinary clinic for preoperative and postoperative care
  • Medical bariatric support for clinic and inpatient care
  • Psychiatry support for preoperative and postoperative assessment (if necessary)

BCoEs provide comprehensive pre-operative, peri-operative, and post-operative care for their patients. In some instances, patients may be followed pre-operatively and post-operatively at a BCoE, but have their bariatric surgery done at one of our Surgical Only Sites. This allows for a greater volume of bariatric surgeries to be done and improves wait times and efficiencies in patient care. 

Who are our BCoEs?

There are seven (7) Bariatric Centres of Excellence in Ontario and they are listed below:

Guelph General Hospital (GGH)

Guelph Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(519) 837-6440 x2700

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)

Ottawa Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(613) 761-5101

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)

Hamilton Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(905) 522-1155 x33240

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC)

Thunder Bay Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(807) 684-6058

Humber River Hospital (HRH)

Toronto Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(416) 242-1000 x23300

Toronto Western Hospital (TWH)

Toronto Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(416) 603-5800 x6145

Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH)

Kingston Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(613) 544-3310 x3550

Regional Assessment Treatment Centres (RATC)

RATCs act as a resource for improving the patients’ knowledge base, enabling them to implement strategies to deal with their obesity in a non-surgical way.

RATCs provide comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care for their patients; they do not perform surgeries at their location, but partner with BCoEs and Surgical Only Sites to provide bariatric surgery for patients. 

Who are our RATCs?

The following are the two (2) RATCs that are part of the Ontario Bariatric Program:

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH)

Windsor Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre
(519) 257-5111 x79100

Health Sciences North (HSN)

Sudbury Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre
(705) 671-5611 x2918

Surgical Only Sites

Surgical Only Sites do not follow patients pre-operatively or post-operatively, but rather partner with select RATCs and BCoEs to provide bariatric surgery to a greater volume of patients. Patients receive pre-operative care at their respective RATC or BCoE site, but may be sent to one of the Surgical Only Sites to have their bariatric surgery. After surgery, patients return to their respective RATC or BCoE site for all post-operative care and follow-up. 

Who are our Surgical Only Sites?

All Bariatric Centers

Bariatric Centres of Excellence (BCoE)

 

Regional Assessment Treatment Centres (RATC)

 

Surgical Sites

 

Guelph General Hospital (GGH)

Guelph Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(519) 837-6440 x2700

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)

Ottawa Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(613) 761-5101

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)

Hamilton Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(905) 522-1155 x33240

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC)

Thunder Bay Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(807) 684-6058

Humber River Hospital (HRH)

Toronto Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(416) 242-1000 x23300

Toronto Western Hospital (TWH)

Toronto Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(416) 603-5800 x6145

Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH)

Kingston Bariatric Centre of Excellence
(613) 544-3310 x3550

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH)

Windsor Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre
(519) 257-5111 x79100

Health Sciences North (HSN)

Sudbury Regional Assessment and Treatment Centre
(705) 671-5611 x2918