San Antonio, Texas (January 4, 2019) – Bariatric Surgery at Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio is among the top 10 percent in the nation, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of findings featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation, which found that clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as reporting on outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*
This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2014 through 2016, if all hospitals in the 15 states and the District of Columbia included in this analysis, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award on average, 3,722 patients with complications could potentially have been avoided. Similarly, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award have, on average, 60.3 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award.*
Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:
- Superior Performance in Bariatric Surgery for six Years in a Row (2014-2019)
- Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019)
- 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award
- Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience in 2018
“With so many choices for care, consumers often find that their health journey can be difficult to navigate,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Information about hospital quality is helpful as they make decisions for their health, and Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio has distinguished itself as an exceptional organization for Bariatric Surgery.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.
* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of All-Payer data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for patients in 15 state and the District of Columbia for which all payer data was made available.