University of Miami Hospital Receives Healthgrades 2015 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award

University of Miami Hospital has received its fourth consecutive Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award. The flagship hospital of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, UMH is the only hospital in Miami-Dade County to receive this honor out of the six eligible hospitals. Since 2013, UMH has been recognized among the top five percent of hospitals evaluated for bariatric surgery.

“This award is based on quality outcomes and really speaks to the advanced level of care and comprehensive services our center provides,” 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. “Safety and quality are the most important things we can offer patients.”

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Each year, the company evaluates the performance of those hospitals performing bariatric surgery by measuring risk-adjusted in-patient complication rates. Healthgrades then identifies the top 10 percent of those evaluated, and recognizes them as recipients of the Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award.

For patients, there are significant benefits to selecting hospitals that have achieved this recognition. In the 2015 Bariatric Surgery performance evaluation, Healthgrades compared hospitals with statistically better than expected performance (5 star), as a group, to those with statistically worse than expected performance (1 star), as a group, and found that from 2011-2013, patients having a bariatric surgery in hospitals receiving a 5-star rating had, on average, a 72.1 percent lower risk of experiencing an in-hospital complication than if their procedure was performed at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating.*

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.

“With obesity on the rise, the prevalance of bariatric surgery has similarly increased. Our analysis demonstrates the significant variation in the quality of care being delivered from one facility to the next,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer of Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized with the Healthgrades 2015 Bariatric Surgery Award have demonstrated a commitment to delivering high quality care. Patients choosing one of these hospitals for their procedure can have increased confidence in their selection.”

For the report, Healthgrades analyzed clinical outcomes of bariatric surgery discharges from 355 hospitals across 13 states where data was publicly available during the 2011 to 2013 timeframe. Healthgrades measured hospital performance based on risk-adjusted in-hospital complications—preventable problems patients had during their hospital stay.

To view the complete evaluation and white paper, including full methodology, click here.

For more information on the Bariatric Surgery program at UMH, click here.

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of All-Payer data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 13 states for which all payer data was made available. (See 2015 Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Rating Methodology here for more details.)

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