Celebrating a year of success for St. Rita’s Weight Management program and 5,169 pounds lost

(Lima, Sept. 22, 2015) On Saturday, Sept. 19, St. Ritas Weight Management team hosted its first annual bariatric surgery patient picnic to celebrate the success of patients in the weight management program. Patients, St. Ritas staff, and other guests gathered at Ottawa Metro Park to enjoy healthy dishes, share recipes and share their stories of weight loss through the program.St. Ritas Weight Management Center began seeing patients in May 2014 and the first surgery was performed by Dr. Jason Bowersock on Aug. 21, 2014. To date, the center has completed 84 surgeries and the total weight loss for all surgical patients is 5,169 pounds, which is more than the average car weighs. The average weight loss for all surgery patients who are now anywhere from two weeks to one year out from surgery is 61.5 pounds and 11 post-surgical patients have lost more than 100 pounds.Dr. Stephanie Dunkle-Blatter, Medical Director of St. Ritas Weight Management Center, shared: The picnic was a great opportunity to celebrate success and show gratitude. Im really proud of what we have accomplished in our first year. There are many people who work hard behind the scenes to make this program successful, and, of course, the patients are the ones who do the hard work on a daily basis. It is exciting and rewarding to see the hard work pay off in the form of better health. For more information, please contact: Katee JohnsonCommunications CoordinatorSt. Ritas Health PartnersO: 419-226-9802C: 567-242-4078KNJohnson@Mercy.com