June 8, 2010
Sisters of Charity Hospital, a Catholic Health hospital, has been ranked #1 in New York State and among the top five percent in the nation for bariatric surgery for the second year in a row, according to a new study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.
Based on this ranking, Sisters of Charity Hospital is one of only 48 hospitals in the nation to receive the 2010/2011 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades.
“We provide a full complement of services that support patients before, during and after surgery,” explains Joseph Caruana, MD, Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Sisters Hospital, who founded the program in 2000. “You have to have a life-long commitment to the weight-loss process, and we provide the resources patients need for long-term success.”
The fifth annual HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study is the largest annual study of its kind. The study of objective patient outcomes evaluated hospitals in 19 states over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. In all, nearly 200,000 surgeries were evaluated for major complication rates at 481 hospitals (out of more than 2,500) that perform bariatric surgeries in sufficient enough volumes to be rated.
Bariatric surgery can produce dramatic weight loss among the morbidly obese, who comprise about five percent of the national population according to the Centers for Disease Control. In many cases, individuals undergoing the procedure lose the equivalent of one-third of their body weight or more. Bariatric surgery has also been shown to significantly improve or cure a variety of major health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea in morbidly obese patients.
Sisters of Charity Hospital had 43% fewer complications, on average, and shorter hospital stays than hospitals performing at an average level, according to the HealthGrades study. “This study shows, quite dramatically, that for bariatric surgery, it is important for patients to evaluate hospitals using objective information as they make their choice,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and a co-author of the study.
The fifth annual HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study is available at www.healthgrades.com.
Sisters Hospital is also a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. This designation is awarded to surgeons and programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. The Bariatric Program is also a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery™ as a result of its positive outcomes.