Hospital History and Background

Forest Health Medical Center - Bucks County is an affiliate of a national surgical hospital system. Every affiliate hospital is organized as a specialty surgical hospital owned by the same specialty physicians who perform surgery in the hospital. The majority owner of the system hospitals has 20 years experience in owning and operating specialty surgical healthcare facilities. The FHMC facilities were the first national group of hospitals dedicated to bariatric surgery. They were originally known as Bariatric Treatment Centers and later renamed Barix Clinics. Forest Health Medical Centers have performed more bariatric surgeries than any other organization in the United States and have the best patient quality and outcome statistics as compiled by independent healthcare review organizations. As the national leader in bariatric surgery our hospitals have extensive experience in complex major surgery including minimally invasive major surgery which significantly reduces the recovery time from surgery and reduces the pain associated with major surgery.

As a leading surgical hospital organization, the hospital’s surgeons are referred patients by other specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons. Former Barix patients are extremely loyal to their surgeons and our hospitals because of the high quality outcomes and care they experience in our hospital and frequently ask their bariatric surgeons for referrals to other surgeons for specialties. Over the years the specialists at FHMC developed positive professional relationships with other specialty surgeons. These surgeons found that while in certain cases a university hospital or large medical center is the best solution for specialty surgical procedures they performed, for most of their patients a better experience could be provided in a specialty surgical hospital. Surgery is a very personal problem and FHMC is a setting where each patient is treated individually with special care by every member of care-giving team.

Although FHMC is a specialty surgical hospital, it has all of the staff, resources and equipment of a major healthcare system. The hospital is accredited by the nation's leading hospital review organization and a participant with most private healthcare insurance companies. FHMC-Bucks County has developed a reputation for providing excellent surgical outcomes and personal care.