Ministry’s Bariatric Surgery program offers team approach for weight loss

(Stevens Point, WI) – Calvin A Selwyn, MD and Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) offer a team approach to weight loss with an experienced staff of Bariatric Surgeons, Dieticians, Physical Therapists, Psychologists and Bariatric Nurses. 

“I couldn't have asked for a better bariatric team. I am grateful for the all-encompassing approach Ministry's bariatric team takes to weight loss surgery,” shared Sarah Fehr, recent bariatric patient.  “They're always there when I need them and quick to respond, even though I live 70 miles away. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to simply have had the surgery with no mental or physical preparation. I feel very fortunate to work with a team that not only values their patients, but education before and after surgery.”

In November 2013 Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital made a variety of critical amendments for bariatric surgery patients including the redesign of two patient rooms.

“I always felt like I was patient and priority number one,” stated Fehr. “Another unexpected "plus" about the surgery was that my room was a newly remodeled suite designed exclusively for bariatric patient recovery. I enjoyed a comfy bed with a window view, a bariatric chair with room to spare, lots of closet space, a spacious restroom with shower, and a flat-screen wall-mounted television that helped pass the time while I was recuperating. The room also afforded my visitors/family plenty of room to sit comfortably.”

Today Sarah is feeling good and down 46 lbs down from the day of surgery.  She says she still has a way to go, but 46 lbs feels like a great start.

“I'm wearing clothes I haven't worn in years, and already people are noticing a difference in me. I'm also off of two medications I was taking up until surgery, so that's wonderful,” stated Sarah.

Ministry Medical Group Bariatric Surgery is able to offer patients bariatric surgery regardless of their insurance.  For more information or to register for an upcoming bariatric informational meeting please visit or call 877-295-5868.

Side bar: Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery offers the following as part of comprehensive services:
–    Nutrition classes with our registered dietician
–    Full psychological evaluations
–    Sleep health evaluation with sleep specialist medical doctor
–    Exam of upper gastrointestinal tract
–    Ongoing support groups
–    Pre-op history, physical, dietary and fitness evaluation
–    Help with insurance questions

About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as a leading administrator of Center of Excellence and Surgeon of Excellence programs for surgical specialties. The organization manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a global standard for excellence. To support program compliance and quality improvement in patient care, SRC developed BOLD, a longitudinal outcomes database. BOLD is the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit

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