Garnet Health Medical Center has been recognized as a 2023 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ recipient by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. 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 high-quality care by expert providers who are dedicated to outstanding patient outcomes,” says Alfred Pilong, Jr., Garnet Health Medical Center’s President and CEO. “Our program is comprehensive and provides patients with treatment 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 2023 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award and hospitals that did not receive the award. For example, from 2018-2020, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award, have, on average, a 61.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals 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 the below 2023 Bariatric Clinical Achievements:

  • Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Bariatric Surgery for 7 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 for 7 Years in a Row (2017-2023)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery for 9 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.

*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 provide all-payer data for years 2019 through 2021. View the completed 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings Methodology here

About Garnet Health Medical Center

Garnet Health Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 383-bed medical center which combines high-tech healthcare with a patient-centered approach in a beautiful and welcoming healing environment. Garnet Health Medical Center is accredited by DNV GL – Healthcare. It was named by Healthgrades as one of the 100 best hospitals nationally for cardiac intervention and general surgery and was a recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™. Garnet Health Medical Center also achieved the Healthgrades 2019, 2020 and 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ placing the hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance. 

Garnet Health Medical Center was named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional Hospital in the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh Metropolitan Service Area and high performing in seven types of care for 2021-22. Garnet Health Medical Center is a designated Magnet hospital recognizing excellence in Nursing; a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite; and received the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Digital Health Level 9 Most Wired recognition.

Garnet Health Medical Center is an Academic Affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is also a member of Garnet Health, the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation, and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. To learn more about Garnet Health Medical Center, visit

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Garnet Health is a New York State, not-for-profit Corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City.

As the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills, Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care. Providing healthcare to approximately 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskill region. Garnet Health provides services by more than 4,000 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members and is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional health care.

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