Sisters Hospital Among Best in the Nation for Bariatric Surgery

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June 30, 2011

HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award

Sisters of Charity Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, has been ranked #2 in New York State and among the top five percent in the nation for bariatric surgery for the third year in a row, according to a new study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

HealthGrades found that bariatric surgery patients at top-rated hospitals, such as Sisters Hospital, have a nearly 70% lower risk of experiencing in-hospital complications when compared to poorly rated hospitals.

The findings are from HealthGrades “2011 Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals” report, which analyzed 193,518 bariatric surgery patient records from 2007 through 2009, including 468 hospitals in 19 states where data are publicly available.

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HealthGrades’ report helps prospective patients identify long-term and short-term risks found in patients who opt for the bariatric surgery, and the hospital programs in their area whose outcomes minimize the risks of such complications.

“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.”

In addition to the HealthGrades recognition, Sisters Hospital in Buffalo has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery™. These designations are awarded to surgeons and programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. The bariatric program at Sisters Hospital has also been named a preferred provider by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for Canadian patients seeking bariatric surgery.

“Dr. Caruana and his team have dedicated their practice exclusively to the surgical management of obesity,” says Peter U. Bergmann, president & CEO of Sisters Hospital. “He has performed more than 4,400 gastric bypass surgery procedures at Sisters Hospital and we are proud to part of this success.”

The Bariatric Wing at Sisters Hospital is designed exclusively for patients seeking weight loss surgery. It features 10 private rooms with special furnishings and features to make bariatric patients as comfortable as possible during their stay.