Top-Rated for Weight Loss Surgery 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Tuesday, 29 July 2008 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital announced today that it has been recognized with clinical excellence in bariatric surgery from HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. According to the Third Annual HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is five-star rated for the third consecutive year for bariatric surgery, which includes gastric bypass and laparoscopic procedures.

“This achievement is a testament to our dedication to providing quality health care services to each of our patients,” says Dee Siddens, certified bariatric nurse and bariatric coordinator at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Surgical weight loss is a procedure that could change a patient’s life, or even save it. We are committed to delivering quality care to improve patient outcomes, and to help them achieve their weight loss goals and a healthier lifestyle.”

The HealthGrades study analyzed the outcomes of 154,451 bariatric inpatient surgery procedures performed in 680 hospitals in 17 states from 2004 through 2006. A significant correlation between the number of surgeries performed and quality was indentified. Five-star hospitals performed almost twice the volume of procedures compared to one-star rated hospitals. And bariatric surgery patients at top-rated hospitals have, on average, a 65 percent lower chance of experiencing major complications than at poor-performing hospitals, HealthGrades found.

According to the study, large quality gaps existed between the “best” and the “worst” hospitals across most bariatric procedures studied.  Cypress Fairbanks is one of 93 hospitals nationally to receive a five-star rating from HealthGrades.  If all hospitals performed at a five-star level 5,125 patients could have avoided one or more in hospital complications.  Complications associated with bariatric surgery include heart attack, kidney failure, stroke and post-surgical infections.

Extreme obesity is a growing epidemic and major public health problem in America that contributes to additional serious health risks.  The American Society for Bariatric Surgery estimates that such surgeries have increased 1,431 percent in the last decade to more than 250,000 annually.

For its 2008/2009 bariatric surgery ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of care at hospitals in the 17 states that publish outcomes data, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality.  HealthGrades risk-adjusted the data to account for hospitals with differing patient populations. Average mortality rate in five star-rated facilities was almost half the rate of all other U.S. hospitals.  HealthGrades’ study identified the following:

  • 93 hospitals stand out as “best” performers (5-star rated)
  • 263 hospitals were rated as “as expected” performers (3-star rated)
  • 99 hospitals were rated as “poor” performers (1-star rated)

“The tremendous variation we are seeing in quality among bariatric surgery providers underscores the importance of readily available quality data to help consumers make a truly informed decision about where to seek care,” said Rick May, MD, a senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and an author of the study.

HealthGrades’ bariatric surgery ratings are published on the Web, free of charge, at  Ratings for 27 other medical procedures and diagnoses – including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, stroke, orthopedics, critical care, and gastrointestinal procedures and treatments – are also available on the HealthGrades Web site.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To learn more about the surgical weight loss services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit or call 1-800-681-2733.