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BroMenn Partners for Bariatric Services

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal now offers a comprehensive bariatric services program to residents of the greater McLean County region through an innovative partnership with Memorial Medical Center and Springfield Clinic in Springfield.

“Establishment of Memorial Bariatric Services at BroMenn responds to the need for safe, clinically effective strategies for weight loss for persons suffering from clinically severe obesity,” said Gary A. Hagens, DMD, MSD, MBA, chief operating officer of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. “We are very pleased that Memorial Bariatric Services is joining with BroMenn to offer the full range of ancillary support needed for a truly comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to durable surgical weight loss for patients.”

Through this partnership, patients will have access to Memorial Bariatric Services, a program that is recognized for excellence. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery designated Memorial Bariatric Services, a partnership between Memorial Medical Center and Springfield Clinic, as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in 2010.

Hagens explained that BroMenn staff will provide pre- and post-operative nutrition, physical therapy, social work, laboratory and imaging services for patients at the BroMenn facility in Normal. Max Hammer, MD, FACS, and Orlando Icaza, MD, FACS, both established bariatric surgeons affiliated with Springfield Clinic who specialize in minimally invasive approaches, will perform the bariatric surgical procedures at Memorial Medical Center. The surgeons will offer pre- and post-operative surgery clinics at BroMenn for their patients from Bloomington-Normal and the greater McLean County region.

“The satellite clinic and ancillary support services at BroMenn will offer the same high-quality, protocol-driven care for these patients,” Hagens said.

More than 500 bariatric surgeries have been performed at Memorial. Three types of bariatric procedures are offered: laparoscopic roux-en-y bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastectomy. Clinical outcomes (in terms of percentage of excess weight lost and complications expressed in terms of hospital readmissions or re-operations) have been excellent.

“Perhaps the most remarkable benefit for our patients is the improvement and resolution of co-morbidities, or co-existing health conditions, at three years after a bariatric surgery,” said Hammer. “Eighty percent of our patients afflicted with sleep apnea have had that condition completely resolved while it improved for another 5 percent of those individuals. Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been resolved in 55 percent of those suffering from this co-morbidity prior to their bariatric surgery. The condition has improved for another 22 percent of these patients. “Similar results have been achieved for those with co-morbidities that include hypertension, back pain, osteoarthritis or urinary stress, among others.”

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the country, second only to smoking. “Memorial Bariatric Services was established as a comprehensive program to address the medical, emotional and social issues that accompany the care required to successfully treat and manage this condition,” said Hammer, who has served as medical director for the program since its inception.

For more information about Memorial Bariatric Services at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, visit or call, toll-free, (866) 205-7915.



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