UMH Recognized for Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

University of Miami Hospital has received the 2013 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ and for the second year in a row (2012-2013) a five-star rating for bariatric surgery from Healthgrades®, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

The only hospital in the region* to receive the 2013 excellence award, UMH also was recognized for its superior performance, landing in the top five percent of the nearly 500 hospitals evaluated.

“This recognition is a testament to the amazing care we provide to our bariatric patients – and all patients – at University of Miami Hospital every day,” said Nestor de la Cruz-Muñoz, M.D., Chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery. “Our team is at the forefront of bariatric surgery, and we look forward to continuing to lead the nation in improving health for obese populations.”

For the 2013 Bariatric Surgery Report, Healthgrades measured hospital performance based on risk-adjusted in-hospital complications – preventable problems patients had during their hospital stay. Out of the hospitals evaluated, approximately 26 percent performed better than expected, receiving five stars in bariatric surgery.

According to the report, hospitals with the highest volume (defined as hospitals performing 375 cases or more during the three years of the study) had the lowest rate of risk-adjusted in-hospital complications overall.

Just three months ago, de la Cruz-Muñoz and his team far surpassed the volume of surrounding hospitals, marking an astonishing 4,000 cases – a milestone for the hospital and a first in South Florida.

“UMH is a highly sought after medical destination for bariatric surgery because of our experience and expertise, and because we are active in research efforts to bring the best possible solutions from the bench to the bedside of our patients,” said de la Cruz-Muñoz. “At a premier academic medical center like UHealth/Miller, we also are able to share this knowledge with our students and residents, ensuring the next generation is even better than the one before it.”

*“Region” is Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL, as defined by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget.

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