HealthGrades Ranks Newton-Wellesley's Bariatric Program #1 in Massachusetts

A study from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization, finds that Newton-Wellesley Hospital has been ranked best in the state of Massachusetts for bariatric surgery, and has received the 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ and a top five-star rating, for the fourth consecutive year. Newton-Wellesley’s bariatric program also ranks among the top five percent in the nation for the second year in a row, according to HealthGrades.


This latest honor isn’t the first time Newton-Wellesley’s Bariatric Surgery Program has been recognized. Last year, the Hospital was recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts with a Blue Distinction® Designation for making a difference in health care outcomes and value in the area of bariatric surgery. Two years ago, Newton-Wellesley Hospital received accreditation as a Level 1A Bariatric Surgery Center from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the highest level of accreditation a center can receive.

HealthGrades has issued its Fourth Annual Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals Study, which analyzes patient outcomes for the most common weight loss procedures including gastric bypass, less invasive laparoscopic procedures including gastric banding, malabsorptive procedures and combined malabsorptive/restrictive procedures. The study found that wide gaps in patient outcomes for bariatric surgery exist.

Newton-Wellesley is one of only 88 hospitals in the 19 states studied identified as a “top” performer (five-star rated), with mortality rates, complication rates and patient lengths of stay that are dramatically lower than poorly-rated hospitals. There are only three bariatric surgery programs in Massachusetts that have a five-star rating for 2009/2010.

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Newton-Wellesley focuses on a multidisciplinary approach, which has been in place since the inception of the program at the Hospital. This approach has made Newton-Wellesley Hospital a leader in bariatric surgery for the past 13 years. The surgeons have had great success with the program and average approximately 400 surgeries a year with a 95 percent success rate, which is defined as a patient who loses 65 percent of his or her excess weight and maintains that weight loss. The comprehensive approach combines surgery with nutrition education and counseling, psychological counseling and referrals, peer support groups, long-term medical follow up and state-of-the-art hospital services. For more information about the Center for Weight Loss Surgery, visit

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