White Plains Hospital Named a “Best Hospital for Bariatric Surgery” by Money Magazine
- Category: Health
- Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2023 17:28
- Joanne Wallenstein
With more than 2,200 hospitals surveyed, White Plains Hospital is the only hospital in Westchester County – and one of nine in New York – to be named to Money’s “Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery” list. In total, 101 hospitals across the United States received this honor.
Bariatric surgery is a procedure designed to help seriously obese patients lose weight. White Plains Hospital is an accredited Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for those patients who are committed to losing a significant amount of weight and improving their health.
“This honor is a testament to the patient-centric approach our team takes when it comes to proper care,” said Dr. Philip Weber, Director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotics and Bariatrics at White Plains Hospital. “Weight-loss surgery can increase people’s lifespan and decrease their risk of heart attack, stroke and certain cancers, so patients will not only live longer, but better.”
Led by Dr. Weber, the Hospital’s comprehensive approach ensures that bariatric surgical patients receive multidisciplinary care, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The bariatric surgeons at White Plains Hospital perform two types of minimally invasive bariatric surgeries, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and patients are supported by a team of certified registered nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, physical therapists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons to help them succeed. The Hospital also offers monthly support groups to patients following surgery to help them develop meaningful relationships with others on the same journey. More information about White Plains Hospital’s bariatric surgery program can be found here.
The “Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery” list, developed by Money in partnership with the Leapfrog Group, is based on those hospitals and surgery centers that completed Leapfrog Surveys in 2022. The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization that aims to help consumers make informed decisions about their health and access safe, high-value care.
To qualify for the list, eligible hospitals were required to meet criteria specific to bariatric surgery, including achieving Leapfrog’s standard for bariatric surgery quality and receiving a “B” or better grade on the organization’s most recent “Hospital Safety Grade.” White Plains Hospital received its eighth consecutive “A” from Leapfrog last year and also was named a “Best General Hospital” by the organization in December, making it one of 115 in the United States and one of just two hospitals in New York state to receive that distinction.
About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Rye Brook, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.
The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and in 2022, White Plains Hospital received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — the highest distinction offered by that federal agency. In addition, the Hospital received its third Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a distinction held by only two percent of hospitals in the country. White Plains Hospital has consistently received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, and in 2022 became the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 8th time.