CFMCH Receives 5-star Rating for Bariatric Surgery 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital announced today that it has received a five-star rating for bariatric surgery for the fourth consecutive year from HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Cypress Fairbanks is one of only 15 hospitals across the state of Texas identified by the study as a top performing hospital with the five-star rating.

The HealthGrades Fourth Annual Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study analyzes patient outcomes for the most common weight loss procedures including gastric bypass, less invasive laparoscopic procedures including gastric banding, malabsorbtive procedures and combined malabsorbtive/restrictive procedures. According to the study, wide gaps in mortality rates, complication rates and lengths of stay for bariatric surgery exist among the nation’s hospitals.

“Quality designations such as the five-star rating from HealthGrades demonstrate that we consistently deliver care that exceeds nationally recognized standards for bariatric surgery,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer for Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “This shows we offer a program that provides real results and that quality patient care is our top priority.”

The hospital’s program is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and provides a full range of bariatric surgery care services, including inpatient and post-operative care, as well as outpatient follow-up and patient education. A dedicated bariatric surgery program coordinator, monthly support groups and educational seminars are also offered to help guide patients through their weight loss journey.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital offers four commonly performed types of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y bypass, which involves closing off a large portion of the stomach and leaving a small pouch to hold food; LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric banding, which requires placing an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach to create a small pouch for food; sleeve gastrectomy, a surgery that involves creating a small, sleeve-shaped stomach and removal of the remaining stomach; and revisional surgery if a past bariatric operation did not result in successful weight loss.

“Competition among bariatric surgery programs grows stiffer every year as more programs open. It is critical for patients to carefully evaluate the quality of the hospital where they will have their surgery,” said Rick May, MD, a senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a co-author of the study. “Hospitals designated as five-star for bariatric surgery are obviously doing things differently to obtain the high quality patient outcomes they are getting.” The full study and hospital ratings can be found at

To register for a free informational seminar, for a referral to a bariatric surgeon, or for more information on the bariatric surgery program at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 1-800-681-2733 or visit