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San Martin Hospital Makes Money.Com’s First-Ever List of Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery

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LAS VEGAS, March 27, 2023 –  Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus is included as one of only 101 hospitals in the U.S. on’s first-ever Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery list. In partnership with The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit that serves as a voice for health care consumers, announced the Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery list in January 2023. 

The 101 hospitals that earned this distinction achieve Leapfrog’s standards for safety, keeping patients safe from errors, infections, and complications, and performing enough procedures to give patients the best odds of a good outcome.

Thomas Burns, San Martin Hospital’s Interim President and CEO, said, “This distinction from two highly respected national organizations is indeed an honor. Combined with San Martin’s recent accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, we hope our team can gain the trust and confidence of southern Nevadans who are considering the benefits of one of the procedures we are able to offer.”

Studies show that the experience of both the hospital personnel involved in the procedure and recovery, as well as the surgeon, help keep patients safer during and after this high-risk surgery. Hospitals on this prestigious list meet Leapfrog standards for the number of bariatric procedures performed at the hospital and by individual surgeons. The hospitals also utilize a safe surgery checklist, prevent healthcare-associated infections, and perform well on the bi-annual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade which assigns a letter grade to all general acute care hospitals in the U.S. based on how well they protect patients from preventable harm.

“This new list features one-of-a-kind selections that gives readers an excellent look at one of the most difficult surgeries to perform,” says Money’s Executive Editor Mike Ayers. “We are proud to honor hospitals like San Martin with this distinction.” 

Visit the Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery here and an in-depth look at bariatric surgery in 2023 here. For the complete methodology, click here.

Patients who have bariatric surgery for weight loss performed at a hospital and by a surgeon with more experience have better, more positive outcomes — including lower mortality rates, lower complication rates and a shorter length of stay at the hospital.



Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently celebrated 75 years in southern Nevada, marking the anniversary of the arrival of the seven Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital on June 27, 1947. As Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, St. Rose Dominican is still guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in all its endeavors. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health currently operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada and is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at


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Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit with a mission of giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

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