July 28, 2009
Sisters of Charity Hospital has received the 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, as part of a study the company released today.
According to the report, Sisters Hospital’s bariatric surgery program is ranked #1 in New York State and among the top five percent of all hospitals in the nation. The hospital also received its fourth-consecutive 5-Star rating for bariatric surgery from HealthGrades.
According to the study, the HealthGrades Fourth Annual Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study, wide gaps in mortality rates, complication rates and lengths of stay for bariatric surgery exist among the nation’s hospitals. The study analyzes patient outcomes for the most common weight loss procedures including gastric bypass, less invasive laparoscopic procedures including gastric banding, malabsorbtive procedures and combined malabsorbtive/restrictive procedures.
Sisters Hospital is one of 88 hospitals in the U.S. identified by HealthGrades as a “top” performer (five-star rated), with mortality rates, complication rates and patient lengths of stay that are dramatically lower than poorly rated hospitals.
Other findings identified in the study include:
For this study, HealthGrades analyzed 153,355 bariatric procedures performed in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. The states included in the study are: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The full study and individual hospital ratings for bariatric surgery and other procedures can be found at www.healthgrades.com.