Palmdale Regional Receives 2021 Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Palmdale Regional Receives 2021 Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery

Palmdale Regional Medical Center has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Palmdale Regional is in the top four percent of 4,542 U.S. hospitals reviewed.women's choice award best hospital bariatric surgery 2021

The methodology for the bariatric surgery award is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results, and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in bariatric surgery based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

Palmdale Regional Medical Center achieved the America’s Best distinction by meeting the following criteria:

  • Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery joint-sponsored Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • At least 72 percent of patients reporting on the HCAHPS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital
  • A high patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates

Palmdale Regional is one of 202 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for bariatric surgery across the U.S. "Women tend to be very selective when choosing hospitals. We take pride in helping them choose with confidence by verifying the hospitals that are the very best at providing patient care," said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. "There are many women who struggle with their weight, especially as they age. For some, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough and they need to turn to bariatric procedures to reduce their weight for their overall good health."

An American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery study found that the risk of death from any cause is considerably less for bariatric patients than for individuals affected by severe obesity who have never had the surgery. The data shows that cancer mortality is reduced by 60 percent for bariatric surgery patients and death as a result of diabetes and heart disease is reduced by more than 90 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

"Our efforts to seek and maintain high quality/safety scores for our services couldn’t be more evident than when we talk about our weight-loss surgery program," said Richard Allen, Chief Executive Officer at Palmdale Regional. "We are proud of all our award achievements throughout 2020 and now into 2021 in spite of going through a very difficult and challenging year with the COVID-19 pandemic. The recognition from the Women’s Choice Award is the culmination of hard work by the bariatric team and its medical director."