NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES FIVE STAR HEALTHGRADES 2009/2010 BARIATRIC SURGERY EXCELLENCE AWARD - Press Release › NuHealth - Nassau Health Care Corporation

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NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES FIVE STAR HEALTHGRADES 2009/2010 BARIATRIC SURGERY EXCELLENCE AWARD

July 28, 2009
Contact:  Shelley Lotenberg
(516) 572-6055
Shelley@numc.edu  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES FIVE STAR HEALTHGRADES 2009/2010 BARIATRIC SURGERY EXCELLENCE AWARD

HEALTHGRADES RECOGNIZES NUMC AS A FIVE STAR RECIPIENT ALONG WITH 88 HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE, TOP 15%  FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY PROGRAMS, PROVIDING BEST OUTCOMES FOR MORBIDLY OBESE PATIENTS

BARIATRIC SURGERY PATIENTS HAVE 67% LOWER CHANCE OF COMPLICATIONS AT TOP-PERFORMING HOSPITALS SUCH AS NUMC

East Meadow, New York….Arthur A. Gianelli, President/CEO of the Nassau Health Care Corporation, announced that the Nassau University Medical Center’s (NUMC) surgical weight reduction center is the recipient of HealthGrades 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award, receiving five stars along with 88 hospitals nationwide, top 15% rating in the nation for bariatric surgery, with mortality rates, complication rates and patient lengths of stay that are dramatically lower and providing best outcomes for morbidly obese patients.

“I am delighted to recognize the NUMC department of surgery and the surgical weight reduction center for being a five-star recipient and being rated in the top 15% in the nation, a testament to the expertise of long time bariatric surgeon L.D. George Angus, MD, and the attainment of levels of optimal performance required to ensure best outcomes for morbidly obese patients,” said Gianelli. “The designation signifies an extraordinary achievement in quality outcomes, with a well-deserved recognition for the surgery department staff.”

The bariatric surgery program at NUMC offers surgery as an option for those who are severely overweight or those with medical conditions that have worsened with increasing weight.

In the study, HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, evaluated the quality of bariatric surgery in hospitals across 19 states. According to HealthGrades, “as other studies have found, high bariatric surgery volumes correlated with better inhospital outcomes, with lower risk of patient complications than lower volume programs.”

“This distinction made by HealthGrades, confirms that the NUMC surgery department led by its chair, Glenn Faust, MD and one of its longtime bariatric surgeons, L.D. George Angus, MD, are among a select group of surgeons with a growing reputation to ensure successful outcomes for the morbidly obese,
demonstrating that NUMC can compete favorably with work done anywhere in the US,” stated Steven J. Walerstein, MD, FACP, senior vice president for medical affairs and medical director for the Nassau Health Care Corporation.

In congratulating Dr. Angus for being instrumental in providing superior care to his bariatric patients that led to the recognition, Dr. Faust said:  “Dr. Angus, who started the bariatric program in 1998, deserves praise and recognition along with his partner Venkatesh Sasthakonar, MD and our staff, for the prestigious distinction bestowed upon our department. This top ranking affirms that we provide a spectrum of services and resources available to our patients, with the highest level of care to produce exceptional outcomes and achieve an enhanced quality of life.”
 
“Obesity is fast becoming the nation’s most serious public health threat and this recognition opens the door for many individuals who are struggling with a life-saving solution to their obesity and life-threatening diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes facing these individuals,” added Gianelli.

For additional information on how HealthGrades guides America to better healthcare, please check the link at www.healthgrades.com. The NUMC bariatric division has a highly trained team of surgeons, nutritionists, internists, psychiatrists, plastic surgeons and technicians to provide complete care for patients.  These experts supply constant individualized attention in a private setting.   For information about the NUMC Surgical Weight Reduction Center, please call 516-572-5869 or 516-572-6703 or www.numc.edu..

 

 

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