November 23, 2022

Healthgrades recognizes Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center for Clinical Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

The Mountainside Medical Center Bariatric Team led by Karl Strom, M.D., medical director (back left) and Kelli Hanzo, RN, director of bariatric surgery (front left).

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center received the Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™ along with a five-star rating in Overall Bariatric Surgery for two years in a row.  The hospital is ranked by Healthgrades among the top 10% for bariatric surgery.

The achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards, which underscores the importance of hospital quality in both consumers and hospital leaders.  Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality outcomes for conditions and procedures based on clinical outcomes understand and compare hospital performance to support health care choices.

“At Mountainside Medical Center, each of our bariatric patients go through a comprehensive process to ensure that they are physically and emotionally ready for surgery – this includes nutrition counseling and clearance from various specialists like a cardiologist, pulmonologist, among others,” says Karl Strom, M.D., medical director for the Center of Advanced Bariatric Surgery at Mountainside Medical Center. “This process helps to keep the risk for complications low, and ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes.”

“The center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive program that truly helps patients begin their journeys to happier, healthier lives,” says Tim O’Brien, CEO at Mountainside Medical Center. “This recognition is an important distinction that tells our patients seeking information about bariatric surgery that we meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality.”

In addition, Mountainside Medical Center is nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Plan (MBSAQIP®). The MBSAQIP® standards ensure that bariatric surgical care patients receive a multidisciplinary program to improve patient outcomes and long-term success.

To learn more about the Center for Advanced Bariatric Surgery at Mountainside Medical Center visit

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