Is Weight-loss Surgery Right for You?

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right For You?

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right For You?

Shedding pounds successfully may sometimes require more than a sensible diet and exercise plan. For people who do all the right things, but still can’t lose weight, bariatric surgery is an effective solution.

Experts with KentuckyOne Health have offered weight-loss surgery as a solution for more than 15 years. On average, patients who are good candidates for surgery reach their weight goals within a year of the procedure. However, surgery must be combined with other steps, such as dietary changes and exercise, to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

“Bariatric surgery changes a patient’s stomach,” said Karen Hillenmeyer, PA-C, director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health. “That change is a tool for each patient to use to help make healthier choices.”

Taking the First Step

Attending a free informational seminar is a great way to learn more about whether bariatric surgery is a good option for you. The seminar is an opportunity to meet bariatric surgeons and staff members and discuss possible next steps.

Learn more about free weight loss seminars at KentuckyOne Health

“We believe it’s very important that patients’ medical and surgical history, as well as their behaviors, are carefully considered before determining which bariatric procedure is recommended,” Hillenmeyer said. “We take a team approach to addressing each individual’s needs and goals.”

During introductory seminars, participants learn about the histories of bariatric surgery, available procedures and the potential benefits. Those who choose to move forward with weight-loss surgery will attend educational classes, such as a nutrition information session and a presurgical seminar with certified bariatric nurses.

The teams at KentuckyOne Health’s weight-loss centers are committed to helping patients achieve their goals by making sure they are educated before the procedure and have the support they need to be successful afterward.

“Our program offers ongoing support and classes on a variety of important topics to keep patients informed at each phase of the process,” Hillenmeyer said. “Our goal is to treat each patient individually. We focus on their needs by providing education that helps them make the needed changes to achieve their goals.”

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss surgery does more than trim your waistline. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the procedure helps reduce the risk of a variety of comorbid conditions typically associated with obesity, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Winter edition of One Health magazine. For more weight loss news and information, subscribe to One Health today.

New Heart Means Second Chance for Versailles Patient

New Heart Means Second Chance

When physicians told Pat Sutherland she needed a heart transplant, she was stunned.

“Time just stopped,” the 57 year old said. “It was like Charlie Brown’s teacher was talking. All you could hear was, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’”

Sutherland had cardiomyopathy, a condition that makes it difficult for the heart to deliver blood to the body. Despite the distance between Louisville and her hometown of Versailles, Sutherland believed having her transplant at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, was the right choice.

“The day we found out about my new heart was the 15th anniversary of my dad’s death,” Sutherland said. “I felt like he was an angel floating around me.”

On March 23, 2016, Sutherland’s heart transplant was performed. During her 60-day stay in the coronary care unit, she bonded with her nurses.

“We became like a family,” Sutherland said. “No matter what kind of day they were having, they made sure I was doing OK and checked to see if I needed to go for a walk or needed a laugh.”

For her continuing recovery, Sutherland transitioned to the Healthy Lifestyle Center (HLC) at Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health. Sutherland loves its fun crew.

“They laugh with you and encourage you if you’re having a hard time,” Sutherland said. “They have the know-how, and teach you how to use the machines, how to care for yourself and tips for healthful living.”

Sutherland hopes to one day meet her donor’s family and express her appreciation. She and many of her family members are now donors because of her experience.

“How many times do you get a second chance to live?” Sutherland asked. “What a blessing it is to be able to thank the Lord and people for everything they’ve done for me.”

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Winter edition of One Health magazine. For more stories like this one and news and information on heart health, subscribe to One Health today.

KentuckyOne Health Foundations are Celebrating Three Major Grant Awards

Foundations Celebrating Three Major Grant Awards

Clinical Pastoral Education Curriculum Development Grant

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation received a $5,000 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) curriculum development grant from the “Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes” project.

This project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, aims to guide chaplains in the use of research to evaluate and advocate for the daily spiritual care they provide to patients, family members and colleagues. This award will allow the implementation of a research literacy component to University of Louisville Hospital’s existing Chaplaincy training program.

ULH’s Clinical Pastoral Education Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and is one of only 32 centers nationwide to receive the award.

This initiative was led by Frank Woggon, Director of Chaplaincy Services at University of Louisville Hospital and Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, Vice President of Mission at University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital.

Grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has received a $2,500 independent medical education grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition to provide a two day infant massage certification class to five staff members of The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East.

The training will be conducted by Laura Barnhart, OTR/L, CIMI-2, CIIT, Occupational Therapist for KentuckyOne Health. Ms. Barnhart is a certified Infant Massage Therapist and is a certified trainer through the World Institute of Nurturing Communication d/b/a International Association of Infant Massage.

Each participating staff member will receive his or her certification in Infant Massage after completing 14 hours of classroom work, successfully completing an exam, and upon proof of demonstrating the massage techniques to five families within six months.

Infant massage provides many benefits including improvements in sleep patterns, growth and development, weight gain, bonding between the mother and the infant, and reductions in infant mortality rates and colic.

This initiative was led by Emily Ray, PT, Laura Barnhart, OTR/L, CIMI-2, CIIT, Becky Wheatley, RN, and Janell Oliver, Director of Proposal Development for KentuckyOne Health.

Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation $11,355 in grant funding toward the purchase of a seasonal high tunnel to benefit KentuckyOne Health’s Iroquois Urban Farm.

In partnership with Louisville’s Metro Housing Authority, the Food Literacy Project, and local farmer/agricultural consultant Ivor Chodkowski, 8.7 acres at the former Iroquois public housing site is being converted into an urban farm, creating a living laboratory to test the economic viability of a direct “farm-to-hospital-table” concept that will ultimately benefit patients and families served at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

In addition, the farm will become a new outdoor classroom immediately proximal to Hazelwood Elementary and other south central schools, making the Food Literacy Project’s experiential educational programming more accessible to area students and their families.

The seasonal high tunnel, approximated at 2,178 square feet, will include roof runoff structures and a holding tank in support of these efforts. This is the first grant KentuckyOne Health has received from the USDA.