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Centegra Health System Launches Weight Loss Webinars

Offered twice per month on rotating weekdays

Huntley (Vocus) May 20, 2010 -- New mini-information session webinars about the Centegra Health System weight-loss surgery program are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. twice per month on rotating weekdays beginning May 27, 2010. All of those struggling with obesity are encouraged to participate.

During the webinar, Susie Dirkx RN, bariatric coordinator, will provide an overview of the weight loss surgery program by highlighting the following:

  • Dr. Amir Heydari, medical director of the program
  • Center of Excellence designation and benefits to the patient
  • Procedures offered
  • Insurance coverage
  • Common food concerns
  • Recommended next steps

To register, visit Instructions will be emailed to each participant. To hear the webinar, participants will need access to a phone to call in to listen. The phone number will be emailed after participants are registered.

The webinars are offered as a glimpse into the program and a bridge into the comprehensive in-person information sessions offered in convenient locations including Barrington, Elgin, Huntley, Rockford and Woodstock. During those in-person sessions, participants will meet former patients and ask the weight loss surgery team any questions.

Located in the Centegra Health Center - Huntley, the Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to significant weight loss for individuals when all other attempts at weight loss have failed. This is a comprehensive approach to the whole person that combines surgery with behavior-based counseling, exercise and nutritional counseling to achieve the most effective results possible. Following surgery, patients are encouraged to participate in a support group that further encourages them as they stick to the program and achieve weight loss goals.

Centegra’s bariatric program is unique in its approach to the care of the morbidly obese patient. The following characteristics set Centegra apart:

  • Personalized continuum of care available to patients through our multidisciplinary clinic
  • Team of registered nurses, nutritionists, mental health clinicians, exercise physiologists and other healthcare professionals
  • Comprehensive support services
  • Commitment to the long-term support and care of our patients

Centegra’s extensive bariatric services program offers everything candidates need from informational meetings and pre-operative classes, to postoperative support and exercise programs. The commitment to patients does not end after surgery. The lifelong support system will monitor long-term health status and weight loss success.

Centegra’s minimally-invasive surgery procedures include:

  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LapBand and Realize Band)
  • Laparoscopic gastric sleeve
  • Surgical revisions

Centegra Health System, Dr. Heydari and Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center have been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).

Kim Kubiak, Senior Public Relations Coordinator
815-788-5812 or Blackberry 815-355-7039

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