INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery. This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
The list of over 300 award winners, including INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, represents hospitals that have met the high standards of The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), thereby supporting a woman’s decision when choosing the best for her health care needs.
“We are honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award for Bariatric surgery,” says Hamilton Le, M.D., medical director of the INTEGRIS Weight Loss Center. “Our INTEGRIS Weight Loss team is passionate about providing patients with the tools to help them achieve health and wellness. This award is a reflection of our dedication to assisting patients in their journey toward a healthier weight and lifestyle.”
Hospitals that have earned this award have met the highest standards of The American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBASAQIP). Awarded hospitals also ranked above the national average for patient recommendations on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys, as indicated by the data reported by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
According to a study in April 2015 by the University of San Diego Health, 80% of patients who undergo bariatric surgery are female, despite equal rates of obesity among American men and women. The ASMBS, shares that the most common bariatric surgery procedures are gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band.
“Women tend to be risk averse, so we’re simplifying her choices by verifying those hospitals providing outstanding patient care and performance, allowing her to choose with confidence,” says Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award.