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Wood County Hospital’s Center for Weight Loss Receives the 2018 Women’s Choice Award®

Wood County Hospital 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 Wood County Hospital is in the top 1% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals reviewed.


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.


Wood County Hospital 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% of patients reporting on the HCAPHS 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
Wood County Hospital is one of 422 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for bariatric surgery across the U.S.


“As the FDA approves more bariatric procedures and treatment options increase, the Women’s Choice Award is helping women make educated, confident decisions about where they should go to get the very best 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 50 percent, respectively.


“Wood County Hospital is proud to be one of the pioneers in performing bariatric surgery in the United States. Our commitment is to work with closely and compassionately with patients for their surgery; then on an ongoing aftercare basis for superb medical management. We don’t just offer the surgical procedure. Our team works with patients afterwards to help assure they reach their health and quality of life goals” said Stanley Korducki, President and CEO of the Wood County Hospital.


For more information on the America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/