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Format: 04/25/2014
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West Penn Allegheny Bariatric Surgery Named 5-Star Program by HealthGrades for Sixth Year in a Row

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Pittsburgh, PA. (June 21, 2011) – HealthGrades today granted a 5-star ranking to West Penn Allegheny Bariatric Surgery, placing the program among the top hospitals in the nation for weight loss surgery.

Weight loss surgery patients at 5-star programs such as West Penn Allegheny have a nearly 70 percent lower risk of experiencing an in-hospital complication compared to a poorly-rated hospital, according to HealthGrades.

The findings are from HealthGrades 2011 Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals report, which analyzed 193,518 bariatric surgery patient records from 2007 through 2009, including 468 hospitals in 19 states where data are publically available. Local hospital ratings and study methodology are available to consumers at HealthGrades.com.

Under the direction of Daniel J. Gagne, MD, FACS, FASMBS, West Penn Allegheny Bariatric Surgery also earned the designation of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2010 and achieved re-accreditation from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Gagne, along with Jorge E. Urbandt, MD, FACS, FASMBS, work with certified physician assistants, psychologists, dietitians and other employees to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive care available. Drs. Gagne and Urbandt perform laparoscopic bariatric procedures, including gastric bypass, adjustable banding procedures, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional weight loss surgery.

“We could not achieve these results without working together as a team, and this rating reflects on the hard work and dedication of everyone at West Penn Allegheny Bariatric Surgery,” Dr. Gagne said. “Seeing our patients embark on new lives after successful weight-loss surgery is always our greatest reward.”

The long?term benefits of bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, include significant and sustainable long?term weight loss, resolution of diabetes, reduction in cardiovascular disease risk, and decreased mortality. 

HealthGrades’ report helps patients identify long-term and short-term risks found in patients who opt for the surgery, and helps them identify the hospital programs in their area whose patient outcomes minimize the risks of such complications.

“Given the huge gap in quality between 5-star bariatric surgery programs and 1-star programs, choosing the right provider is critical,” said Dr. Rick May, HealthGrades Vice President of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. “The decision to undergo major surgery is never an easy one, and a procedure is never guaranteed to be complication-free. But with the help of HealthGrades bariatric surgery program ratings, patients can optimize their chances for receiving the highest possible quality of care.”

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals report include:

• Patients having bariatric surgery at 5?star hospitals are: 69.70% less likely to experience inhospital complications than patients at 1?star programs.

• If all hospitals in the 19 states studied from 2007 through 2009 had performed at the level of 5?star hospitals: 5,231 patients could have potentially avoided a major inhospital complication.

• Patients having a bariatric procedure at a 5?star facility spent on average, a half-day less in the hospital than patients having their procedure at a 1?star facility (1.93 days versus 2.38 days respectively).

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