250,000 bariatric procedures are performed each year in the U.S. Money and The Leapfrog Group’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery identifies 101 hospitals with the best abilities to perform these types of surgeries based on procedure volume and other safety metrics.
To compile the list for the Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery list, the following criteria were applied:
- Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss: A hospital must achieve Leapfrog’s standard for bariatric surgery
- Safe Surgery Checklist: A hospital must achieve Leapfrog’s standard for a Safe Surgery Checklist
- Healthcare-Associated Infections: A hospital must have less than the expected number of infections for central-line associated blood stream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
- Hospitals eligible for a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must receive an A or B on the letter grades publicly reported at the time of the Best Hospital List public announcement.