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Dignity Health Opens Weight Loss Center in Gilbert

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A new weight loss center that provides healthy and effective weight loss options to improve individuals' quality of life has opened at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. The Dignity Health Weight Loss Center, which is a partnership between Dignity Health and United Surgical Partners International, is a one-of-a-kind program that places an emphasis on providing patients with a personalized treatment approach and an ongoing support system following treatment.

The team at Dignity Health's Weight Loss Center guides individuals to an ideal weight in order to reduce risks associated with being overweight, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems. The dedicated core team at the center includes patient navigators, a nutritionist and a psychologist. The team works closely with each patient to ensure successful care and recovery. Additionally, one-on-one dietary counselors and peer-based support groups are available to encourage a positive transformation.

"I am excited about the collaboration with Dignity Health to bring a truly comprehensive weight loss program to the Valley," says Shawn Stevenson, MD, and medical director of the center. This partnership will allow us to provide unparalleled service to the patient from initial consultation through treatment and long term follow-up care to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients."

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 34 percent of adults older than 20 years of age are affected by obesity and 68 percent of those individuals are overweight.

"The statistics surrounding obesity are alarming and we want to be there for those in need," says Jane Hanson, interim President and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. "The center is not only geared toward providing surgical weight loss options to help individuals lose weight in a healthy and effective manner but it also places an emphasis on providing an ongoing support system after treatment to help patients maintain a healthy weight."

For more information about the Dignity Health Weight Loss Center, the public can visit

Mercy Gilbert is an award-winning hospital that is home to a full range of services, including cardiovascular, emergency care, family birth center, gastroenterology, sleep center, orthopedics, and diagnostic services, among others.

Publish date: 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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