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Iowa Specialty Hospital-Belmond Receives Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award

March 1, 2023

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Iowa Specialty Hospital-Belmond is the recent recipient of the 2023 Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award.  According to Healthgrades, Iowa Specialty Hospital-Belmond scored in the top 52 hospitals in the nation for excellence in bariatric surgery. This award recognizes hospitals that provide outstanding results in bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

“This is quite an honor to be named among so many exceptional hospitals across the nation,” said Amy McDaniel, Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond CEO.  “It’s a testament to the quality of care that our providers and staff commit to providing every day.  I’m proud of our team, and honored to be part of our patients’ journeys to better health.”

To measure performance, Healthgrades used Medicare inpatient data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) file purchased from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for years 2019 through 2021. For Appendectomy and Bariatric Surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data provided by 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2018 through 2020 (one year behind MedPAR data years). The 16 states evaluated were Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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