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Garnet Health Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ for Seventh Year in a Row (2017–2023)

Garnet Health Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award for Seventh Year in a Row (2017–2023)

Hospital recognized among the top 5% in country for bariatric surgery.


Middletown, NY (Oct. 31, 2022) — Garnet Health Medical Center has been recognized as a 2023 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award recipient by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. The Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize the top 10% of hospitals across the country in 17 specialty care areas. This achievement reflects Garnet Health Medical Center’s outstanding clinical outcomes for bariatric surgery and distinguishes them as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for bariatric surgery.

“Our bariatric surgery program delivers exceptional care by expert providers who are dedicated to outstanding patient outcomes,” said Rosemary Baczewski, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Garnet Health. “Our program is comprehensive and provides patients with treatment options and support every step of the way, leading to high success rates.”

Healthgrades evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures at nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country, to identify the top-performing hospitals for specialty care. This year’s analysis revealed significant variation in patient outcomes between hospitals with a Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award and hospitals that did not receive the award.

For example, from 2018 to 2020, patients treated in a hospital receiving the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award had, on average, a 61.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if treated in a hospital that did not receive the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award.*

“We commend Garnet Health for their ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care to patients undergoing bariatric surgery,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “Consumers can feel confident that recipients of the 2023 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award have demonstrated their ability to deliver consistently exceptional outcomes.”

Garnet Health Medical Center was also recognized by Healthgrades for these 2023 bariatric clinical achievements:

  • Recognized for Superior Performance in Bariatric Surgery Seven Years in a Row (2017–2023)
  • Recognized Among the Top 5% of Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery for 2023
  • Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Bariatric Surgery Seven Years in a Row (2017–2023)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery Nine Years in a Row (2015–2023)

Consumers can visit Healthgrades to learn more about how they measure hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of the complete methodology here.

For more information on Garnet Health Medical Center’s bariatric program, visit

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provided all-payer data for years 2018 through 2020. View the complete 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings Methodology here.

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