Best and Worst Hospitals For Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

 
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 According to a new study just published  by HealthGrades, patients undergoing bariatric surgery at hospitals rated 5 stars by HealthGrades experienced on average, 43% fewer  and 10% less time in the hospitals than patients at average hospitals.

  
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Not that it makes any difference to me at this stage, but the hospital where I had surgery is not on this list, nor is the facility where my extended family had weight loss surgery, nor the one where my cousin had surgery, or… well, you get the idea. 

It's a VERY SHORT LIST.

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In this report, HealthGrades examines recent trends in obesity and bariatric surgery in the U.S. This analysis identifies patient outcomes for inpatient bariatric surgery using three years of data (2006-2008) from 19 all-payer states where data are publicly available.

HealthGrades evaluated hospital bariatric surgery programs based on their risk-adjusted inhospital complications and assigned a 5-star (best performance), 3-star (as expected performance) or 1-star (poor performance) rating. Out of the 684 hospitals initially evaluated in this study, 481 hospitals met the volume criteria of 30 cases over the three years and five cases in 2008 to receive a star rating.

HealthGrades’ ratings of these 481 hospitals, based on The Fifth Annual HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study, can be found at www.HealthGrades.com. For bariatric surgery:

  • 92 hospitals (19.13%) stand out as “best” performers (5-star rated)
  • 284 hospitals (59.04%) were rated as “as expected” performers (3-star rated)
  • 105 hospitals (21.83%) were rated as “poor” performers (1-star rated)

Secondly, HealthGrades evaluated trends and outcomes in bariatric surgery procedures performed in the inpatient setting in hospitals located within 19 states. Procedure type and volume, payer type, and observed mortality and complication rates were also evaluated for trends. Below is a summary of the study findings:

  • The number of inpatient baratric surgery procedures is increasing.
  • A trend toward less-invasive laparoscopic procedures continues.
  • Most of the procedures were performed in five states (CA, NY, TX, PA, FL).
  • Bariatric patients stay in the hospital on average 2.2 days.
  • Bariatric patients are charged on average $38,254 for a laparoscopic procedure, but costs vary by state.
  • Hemorrhage was the most frequently occurring complication.
  • Hospitals with highest volume had lowest complication rates.
  • Fewer complications and shorter stays were seen at 5-star rated hospitals.

If all bariatric programs performed at the level of 5-star hospitals 5,046 patients could have potentially avoided a major inhospital complication, across the 19 states studied (2006 – 2008).

 

Alabama

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Alaska

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Arizona

Mayo Clinic Hospital Phoenix, AZ

Arkansas

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

California

California Pacific Medical Center – Pacific San Francisco, CA
    including    California Pacific Medical Center – California San Francisco, CA
Cedars – Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA
Delano Regional Medical Center Delano, CA
El Camino Hospital Mountain View, CA
Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital Fresno, CA
Kaiser Foundation Hospital – South San Francisco South San Francisco, CA
Kaiser Foundation Hospital Richmond Richmond, CA
Mercy San Juan Medical Center Carmichael, CA
Mills-Peninsula Health Services Burlingame, CA
    including    Mills Health Center San Mateo, CA
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, CA
    including    Scripps Mercy Hospital – Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA
Southwest Healthcare System – Rancho Springs Medical Center Murrieta, CA
    including    Southwest Healthcare System – Inland Valley Medical Center Wildomar, CA

Colorado

Rose Medical Center Denver, CO

Connecticut

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Delaware

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

District of Columbia

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Florida

Baptist Hospital Pensacola Pensacola, FL
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center Davenport, FL
Hialeah Hospital Hialeah, FL
Holy Cross Hospital Fort Lauderdale, FL
Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, FL
Ocala Regional Medical Center/West Marion Hospital Ocala, FL
Palmetto General Hospital Hialeah, FL
Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola, FL

Georgia

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Hawaii

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Idaho

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Illinois

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Indiana

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Iowa

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Kansas

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Kentucky

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Louisiana

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Maine

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Maryland

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Massachusetts

Boston Medical Center Corporation Boston, MA
Newton – Wellesley Hospital Newton, MA

Michigan

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Minnesota

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Mississippi

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Missouri

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Montana

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Nebraska

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Nevada

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

New Hampshire

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

New Jersey

Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ
Morristown Memorial Hospital Morristown, NJ

New Mexico

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

New York

Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira, NY
Faxton – Saint Luke's Healthcare Utica, NY
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Port Jefferson, NY
Mercy Medical Center Rockville Centre, NY
NYU Langone Medical Center New York, NY
Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital New York, NY
Sisters of Charity Hospital Buffalo, NY
Westchester Medical Center Valhalla, NY

North Carolina

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

North Dakota

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Ohio

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Oklahoma

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Oregon

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Pennsylvania

Barix Clinics of Pennsylvania Langhorne, PA
Magee Womens Hospital of the Upmc Health System Pittsburgh, PA
Sacred Heart Hospital Allentown, PA
Temple University Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Western Pennsylvania Hospital Pittsburgh, PA

Rhode Island

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

South Carolina

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

South Dakota

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Tennessee

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Texas

Citizens Medical Center Victoria, TX
Covenant Medical Center – 19th Street Lubbock, TX
United Regional Healthcare System Wichita Falls, TX
University General Hospital Houston, TX
University Medical Center Lubbock, TX
Vista Hospital of Dallas Garland, TX

Utah

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Vermont

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Virginia

Bon Secours – Maryview Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Fairfax, VA
Sentara Careplex Hospital Hampton, VA

Washington

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

West Virginia

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

Wisconsin

Columbia Saint Mary's Hospital Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
    including    Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Columbia Milwaukee, WI

Wyoming

There are no recipients of this award in this state.

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