We Are Here to Help You Succeed!
The St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center is fully staffed with a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals from multiple disciplines devoted to helping you lose weight and keep it off. Losing weight is not always easy and keeping the weight off is often even more difficult. That is why the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center utilizes weight-loss methods which are proven through evidence-based medicine and medically supervised to provide you the safest, most effective methods available. All of our services are provided by healthcare professionals dedicated to our patients who are seeking assistance in achieving permanent weight solutions and living healthier lives.
MBSAQIP Accredited Center-Comprehensive
The St. Elizabeth Physicians Weight Management Center is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement. The Weight Management Center consistently maintains quality outcomes ensuring patient safety, multi-disciplinary education and support, and a life-long partnership to ensure long-term success.
That is why our center has a full team of experienced bariatric professionals who provide education and counseling in both group and individual settings for nutrition, behavior modification and emotional readiness, fitness and surgical care. We also offer post-operative support groups that help our patients reach their weight-loss goals. Our location at St. Elizabeth Florence offers a dedicated bariatric wing for post-operative in patient care with personnel specifically trained to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for our bariatric surgical patients.
If you are suffering from obesity, weight-loss surgery may be the solution for you. St. Elizabeth Healthcare has multiple, experienced bariatric surgeons on staff, and we offer free informational seminars so you can learn more about the latest weight-loss surgery options and our COE program.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss Programs
The St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center also offers a variety of non-surgical, weight-loss programs individually designed just for you. Whether you want to lose only a modest amount of weight or you desire more extensive weight-loss, we can assist you in finding the program that best meets your personal needs. By choosing St. Elizabeth Healthcare, you will be participating in medically proven methods for weight-loss that are provided by our team of compassionate healthcare professionals through programs designed with your health and well-being in mind.
This team includes physicians, registered dietitians, behavioral health specialists, registered nurses, and fitness specialists. Our team will work closely with you to not only achieve your weight-loss goals, but to assist you in practicing strategies that help you continue to make the healthy lifestyle choices necessary to maintain your weight loss. This is a key difference in our weight-loss services compared to other weight-loss programs out there. We also offer you maintenance support as well, either individually or with others who share your same struggles. Obesity is a chronic, often relapsing, disease and this is why the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center wants to be your partner for life in battling this very real and very debilitating disease. We do not offer short-term fixes, but rather provide you with the knowledge, tools and support needed for long-term success in creating and maintaining your new and healthy lifestyle.
Medical Facts About Being Overweight or Obese
Do you know your BMI (Body Mass Index)? If you don’t, you can calculate yours below. A BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. If you fall into one of these categories, you are not alone. Being overweight or obese increases your likelihood of certain diseases including diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and sleep apnea. It may also worsen conditions such as arthritis and back pain. Depression may result from obesity because it can limit choices and may create feelings of anger and other negative feelings that may lead to a depressive cycle centered on comfort, then guilt associated to food consumption.
Morbid obesity is known to shorten an individual’s life span by approximately 13 years. Obesity can also make the diagnosis of certain types of cancer more difficult. Even modest weight loss, such as 5-10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.
Call the St. Elizabeth Weight Management Center at (859) 212-GOAL (4625) to find out more about our programs and decide which one is the perfect fit for you.