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Michigan Bariatric Institute Open House Planned
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Port Huron, MI...St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is pleased to announce an Open House Celebration featuring the area's newest and most qualified provider of bariatric services, the Michigan Bariatric Institute. This special event open to the community will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, May 18, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, located at 2601 Electric Avenue, Port Huron, MI.

The Michigan Bariatric Institute (MBI) at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is a comprehensive center featuring the medical expertise of Zubin Bhesania, MD, and Anthony W. Boutt, MD; the only Centers of Excellence designated surgeons in the Blue Water and Thumb communities. Surgical options available through the MBI include gastric banding and gastric sleeve procedures. In addition to their 10 years of laparoscopic surgical experience, MBI patients will be able to take advantage of amenities dedicated to their care, including specialized medical equipment, registered nurses, dietitians and other specialists who are all uniquely qualified in this specific field.

"Joining the St. Joseph Mercy family has provided us with outstanding opportunities to grow our program and more fully meet the needs of patients throughout the southeast Michigan region," comments Zubin Bhesania, MD. "We look forward to the Open House so we can highlight why the MBI is second to none in providing minimally invasive weight loss surgery to the community."

The St. Clair County Health Department reports that nearly two-thirds of St. Clair County adult residents are above the "normal" healthy body weight. Referring to it as a "national epidemic", the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity has been widely recognized as a risk factor for many health conditions including hypertension, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, coronary disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and certain cancers.

Providing services since 2005, the MBI offers a multi-disciplinary team approach to weight loss surgery. MBI surgery centers are also located at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, MI, and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, in Pontiac, MI. St. Mary Mercy Livonia is designated as a Center of Excellence. MBI is committed to assisting patients through every aspect of the weight loss process. From educational seminars to pre-surgical classes to support groups, the MBI staff partner with each patient to ensure a smooth transition through each phase of weight loss as well as enjoying expected outcomes.

For more information regarding the Open House Celebration or to make a reservation to attend, call 810-985-1650. To learn more about St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and the Michigan Bariatric Institute, visit us online at: Look for newly scheduled bariatric surgery educational events by following St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron on facebook and twitter.

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