PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dignity Health of the Central Coast Offers Weight Loss Surgery

Free seminars will offer community members information to learn more about surgical weight loss options

Dignity Health of the Central Coast, which includes Arroyo Grande Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), is proud to offer the Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast, the only comprehensive weight loss surgery program created specifically to serve patients of the Central Coast from Santa Barbara to Salinas.

The Institute will be hosting monthly educational seminars and support groups at the MRMC Health and Wellness Center. Lecture and support groups will also soon be available at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and French Hospital Medical Center. The lectures will be led by surgeon and Medical Director of the Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast, David Maccabee, M.D., FACSFASMBS.

Obesity is a rising problem in the United States that affects over 60 million people. Among many others, obesity can cause life threatening diseases such as hypertension, type II diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer. The center offers surgical weight loss options to those affected by this epidemic as many of these diseases are addressed with surgical weight loss. The Weight Loss Surgery Institute offers three Bariatric procedures: Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Banding, all using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. For those interested in learning more about these procedures and the program, join us at the MRMC Health and Wellness Center, 1207 E. Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454, on the first Tuesday of every month from February 5, 2013 through December 3, 2013. (See schedule below)

Those interested must RSVP by calling (805) 270-2513. Find out more at

The dates of the educational seminars at MRMC are:

• February 5, 2013

• March 5, 2013

• April 2, 2013

• May 7, 2013

• June 4, 2013

• July 2, 2013

• August 6, 2013

• September 3, 2013

• October 1, 2013

• November 5, 2013

• December 3, 2013

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