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Mercy Medical Center Top-Ranked Again In Weight-Loss Surgery

Receives Fourth Consecutive Bariatric Surgery ExcellenceTM Award From HealthGrades® With Highest Rating In Downstate New York

(June 28, 2009 – Rockville Centre, NY) – In the latest affirmation of the hospital's delivery of the highest quality patient care, Mercy Medical Center has received the 2009/2010 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. It's the fourth year in a row that Mercy has received the award along with the highest Five Star rating from HealthGrades, and also been ranked in the top five percent of the nation's hospitals for weight-loss surgery outcomes.

Mercy was ranked second in all of New York State, the fourth year in a row that it has been in the top three statewide as well as the top five percent nationally, and the highest of any weight-loss surgery program in Long Island, New York City and Westchester County.

The honors are based on the latest HealthGrades annual study of Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals, which analyzed more than 150-thousand weight-loss procedures performed over a three year period at 450 hospitals in 19 states. Mercy was one of just 88 hospitals identified in the study as "best" performers (Five-Star rated), which have the lowest mortality and complication rates and the shortest patient lengths of stay.

Mercy is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designated by the American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the hospital's weight-loss surgery program is headed by Dr. Shawn Garber, the only bariatric surgeon included in Newsday's listing of Top Doctors on Long Island. It offers both Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (also referred to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) which is considered the "Gold Standard" of modern obesity surgery, and Laparoscopic Banding (Adjustable Gastric Band), including the latest technique, known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), that uses just one small opening in the abdomen, through the navel, rather than the five incisions required in traditional methods.

Mercy offers monthly education and informational presentations for individuals who are contemplating bariatric surgery. For more information contact Mercy Medical Center at: 516-62-MERCY. Or visit on line at:

HealthGrades' ratings for bariatric surgery along with other medical procedures, are published on the Web, free of charge, at:



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