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11.01.2016

UM Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Program Recognized Among Top 5 Percent by Healthgrades

The bariatric surgery program at University of Miami Hospital has received its sixth consecutive Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ and was honored for superior performance. The flagship hospital of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, UMH is the only hospital in Miami-Dade County to receive this top honor, as well as five stars for bariatric surgery for six consecutive years. Since 2012, UMH has also been recognized among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for bariatric surgery nationally.

“Our number one goal at UHealth Bariatric Specialists is to provide the best possible and safest bariatric program possible,” said Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., Chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at UHealth and associate professor of clinical surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “We are extremely pleased to be honored by Healthgrades for the sixth year in a row with their Excellence Award. It means that we are succeeding in our goal to offer patients the safest possible experience, year after year.”

Each year, Healthgrades evaluates the performance of those hospitals performing bariatric surgery by measuring risk-adjusted inpatient complication rates. Healthgrades then identifies the top 10 percent of those evaluated, and recognizes them as recipients of the Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award. Additionally, the award recognizes the top 5 percent of bariatric surgery programs in the nation as measured by volume-weighted performance.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Each year, the company evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 conditions and procedures based on MedPAR outcomes data (from Medicare and Medicaid services), and for two procedures (appendectomy and bariatric surgery), based on all-payer data provided by 18 states representing more than half of the U.S. population.

These findings are featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. For patients, there are significant benefits to selecting hospitals that have achieved this recognition.

“Consumers have many choices regarding where to receive their health care, which is why it’s so vital that they understand outcomes performance at specific hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer of Healthgrades. “Those hospitals that have achieved a specialty excellence distinction in Bariatric Surgery from Healthgrades exemplify a commitment to exceptional quality of patient care.”

The Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at UHealth is committed to delivering top-notch care by providing patients with the latest technological breakthroughs, including minimally invasive alternatives to conventional surgery. The center sees approximately 400 bariatric patients each year and is one of the largest in the region. The comprehensive program incorporates multidisciplinary expertise from highly skilled doctors and specialists.

Because the Miller School is one of the nation’s top 50 research institutions, bariatric patients also have access to clinical trials for new treatments and surgical devices on the horizon.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different than expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

To view the complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation, including full methodology, click here.

For more information on the bariatric surgery program at UMH, click here.

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