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For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2013


Southcoast Hospitals ranked among Top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for Bariatric Surgery

Healthgrades report finds bariatric surgery patients treated at 5-star hospitals 71 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star hospitals



WAREHAM, Mass. — A report released this week by Healthgrades named Southcoast™ Hospitals Group among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for bariatric surgery in 2013, and achieved a 5-star rating for five years in a row. Healthgrades found that patients having bariatric surgery at hospitals with 5-star performance in bariatric surgery are 71 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at hospitals with 1-star ranking.

The findings are from Healthgrades 2013 Bariatric Surgery Report: Your Choices Influence Your Outcomes which analyzed clinical outcomes of 204,069 bariatric surgery discharges from 2009 through 2011, from 467 hospitals in 18 states where data are publicly available. Local hospital ratings and study methodology are available to consumers at www.healthgrades.com/quality. The report also identified that hospitals with higher volumes of surgery had lower complication rates.

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.

“Recent data on obesity prevalace in the United States shows that more than one-third, or roughly 78 million Americans are now obese. For those consumers considering bariatric surgery, the Healthgrades report underscores the importance of understanding all of one’s treatment options and the need to select a hospital accordingly,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Clinical Informatics, Healthgrades. “The Healthgrades 2013 Bariatric Surgery Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach when it comes to bariatric care.”

Key findings of the Healthgrades 2013 Bariatric Surgery Report: Your Choices Influence Your Outcomes report include:

  • Patients having bariatric surgery at hospitals with 5-star performance in bariatric surgery are 71 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at hospitals with 1-star rating.
  • If all hospitals from 2009 through 2011 had performed at the level of hospitals with 5-stars, 6,417 patients could have potentially avoided a major in-hospital complication.

Healthgrades’ 2013 achievements for Southcoast Hospitals Group Bariatric Surgery program include:

  • Ranked Among the Top 10 percent of Hospitals Evaluated for Bariatric Surgery- 2013
  • Recipient of Healthgrades® Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2013
  • Five-Star Recipient of Overall Bariatric Surgery for 5 Years in a Row (2009/2010-2013)

“We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality patient care with outstanding clinical outcomes,” said Rayford Kruger, MD, FACS, Bariatric Surgeon & Medical Director for Southcoast Center for Weight Loss. “As one of the largest weight loss centers in New England, the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss has successfully completed more than 3,500 weight loss procedures and our success is shown by our numbers, with an average weight loss of 104 pounds within 18 months of surgery.”

“At Southcoast, you’ll be in regular contact with our team of experts in nutrition and exercise as well as psychologists and social workers who run weekly support groups to help our patients succeed. We know this is a significant lifestyle change for our patients and the only way for them to succeed is to have the support they need, when and where they need it. We remember that in everything we do.”

Dr. Kruger is part of Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, part of Southcoast Hospitals Group, located at Southcoast Health System at Rosebrook, 100 Rosebrook Way, in Wareham. Dr. Kruger practices with surgeons Donald Colacchio, MD, and Thomas Streeter, MD, FACS.

Southcoast Center for Weight Loss is the highest volume program in New England with care that far exceeds national quality standards. The program consistently performs significantly better than industry benchmarks, with a major complication rate at the low rate of approximately 1 percent.

Southcoast’s community-based weight-loss program is designed to incorporate a thorough approach to weight loss surgery utilizing a team comprised of dieticians, psychologists and surgeons to provide a safe and comprehensive surgical weight loss program. The program provides coordinated, safe and comprehensive surgical weight loss services including laparoscopic gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, gastric sleeve and revision surgical procedures. Patients are in regular contact with our team of experts in nutrition and exercise as well as psychologists and social workers who run weekly support groups to help our patients succeed. The program also includes post-surgery support groups held in Fall River, Hyannis, New Bedford and Wareham for the convenience of patients throughout the area.

For more information about Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, call 508-273-4900 or visit www.southcoast.org/weightloss.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280
poyants@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.





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