Best and Worst Hospitals For Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

M M
on 5/28/10 5:13 am
Best and Worst Hospitals For Weight Loss Surgery
http://www.meltingmama.net/wls/2010/05/best-and-worst-hospit als-for-bariatric-weight-loss-surgery.html

 

 

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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.

 Download HospitalReportCardsBariatricSurgery

 

 

Laparoscopic-bariatric-weight-loss-mdHealthGrades -

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.

BlackLeatherRain
on 5/28/10 5:21 am - Wallis & Futuna
I find myself annoyed by the actual report - it says there are five 5-star bariatric hospitals in NC, but how do you find out which five hospitals those are? They really ought to be in an appendix in the report, but all that's there that I can find are the excellence award winners.
M M
on 5/28/10 6:09 am
 It *might be in the PDF I tossed in?
BlackLeatherRain
on 5/28/10 6:14 am - Wallis & Futuna
The hospital report card PDF?  Nah, not there either- I checked both of the documents I found in your post.  I did also go to healthgrade's main page, but couldn't find much to help me there, either.

However, I will be doing a writeup for a peer journal on bariatric surgery (to be published in December, so it has to be done by the end of the summer), and I think this report will be very, very helpful as I put things together, so thank you so much for posting this!  As a researcher, it's very helpful.  heh - as a WLS consumer, however, I'd love to know if my chosen hospital is top rated :(
M M
on 5/28/10 6:20 am
 It's interesting stuff.
Terry B.
on 5/28/10 5:46 am - Martinsville, IN
In my opinion St Vincents Carmel should be #1 in Indiana.  I love those folks.  I have been in twice and was treated great both times.  They are a Bariatric Center of Excellence.

 

I am only one, But still, I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do
the something that I can do. 
  
    Edward Everett Hale
  
                    Onederland 1/26/2010    
    
 

katrn05
on 5/28/10 6:23 am - Troy, MI
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan is not on the list. But they are a center of excellence. I had my surgery there and give it 5+ stars. Excellent doctor, excellent nursing care  and excellent post-op care.
 
Davina F.
on 5/28/10 7:46 am - drayton, SC
South Carolina isn't even on the list at all but there are 6 Centers of Excellent in the state. I think Spartanburg Regional Medical Center should be #1 because Dr. Ross and his staff are excellent in all that they do. I could not ask for a more skilled, gentle, caring doctor.
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M M
on 5/28/10 7:47 am
 It's not that the doctors are Super Magical - it was simply about results.

:)

My docs - in a Center of Excellence, working with the former president of the ASMBS?  NOT on the list.    People got sicker there.  That's just the facts.
Chilipepper
on 5/28/10 8:01 am
I vote for Sarasota Memorial Hospital :)  and it is not yet a Center of Excellence.  Its 2 hours up the road and Tampa General is 3 hours up the road and it is a Center of Excellence and I chose not to go there. 
I preferred the staff at Sarasota...you didn't fell like you were in a bariatric mill. 
"Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect -and I don't live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers... make sure your hands are clean!"

— Bob Marley


(deactivated member)
on 5/28/10 7:18 pm
Although my hospital wasn't on it...I was happy to see that the hospital in my area on the list...the chief bariatric surgeon there had my surgeon as his professor during his fellowship!
gigi _
on 5/29/10 1:47 am, edited 5/29/10 1:48 am - Kitsap Peninsula, WA
The hospital I'm having surgery at next week IS on the list so that makes me feel good.
gak
on 5/29/10 9:30 pm
Revision on 06/21/13
patients rate the hospitals, not Health Grades which is not a site
where official agencies who provide information such as COE or
BCBS Weight Loss Surgery Excellence distinctions awards. While I think
Health grade is a good place to start looking, it is not the only place
when looking at reputations.

Ginger<><  
 Revision #2 Dr John Rabkin June 21, 2013; First Revision DS - Dr Maguire
  5-18-09; First DS 7-15-2003 Dr Clark Warden = Third time is the charm   


 



 

ladynitewolf
on 5/29/10 10:58 pm - BFE, CA
Oh look! Delano Regional Medical Center. Must be where I had my surgery. I'm so smart without even knowing it! *preen*

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