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Published on September 09, 2016

New Daytime Support Group to Focus on Weight Loss Surgery and Nutrition

Service Compliments Free Seminar, Evening Support Group

WATERBURY, Conn. (September 9, 2016) ─ The Outpatient Nutritional Counseling Service at Saint Mary’s Hospital is offering a new daytime support group for patients who are considering and those who have had weight loss surgery. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Cardiology Conference Room at Saint Mary’s Hospital, located at 56 Franklin St., Waterbury.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21 with the theme, “Cool Tools and Unique Foods.” Saint Mary’s nutrition counselors will lead a discussion about favorite kitchen gadgets and healthy foods to make meals more interesting, fun and satisfying. To register, please call 203-709-7722.

Saint Mary’s Hospital also offers a free Weight Loss Surgery Support Group on the second Monday of every month from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical-Dental Conference Center. This evening support group is offered to help patients succeed following weight loss surgery. It is led by Nowen Beebe, MS, RD, CDN, Outpatient Dietitian, and co-facilitated by Amy Dumont, LCSW. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12 and will feature a cooking demonstration and discussion based on the theme, “Food Prep and Stocking Your Pantry.” To register please call 203-709-7722.

Saint Mary’s Weight Loss Surgery Support Group has proven to be a powerful part of patients’ personal success in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. During the one-hour meetings, patients share stories, offer support and suggestions and discuss a range of nutritional and psychological issues such as breaking the weight-loss plateau, the sleep-weight connection, stress and boredom eating, learning the art of mindful eating and family and social support.

Saint Mary’s Hospital offers a free monthly seminar for anyone who is considering weight loss surgery. The program includes information about Saint Mary’s multidisciplinary approach to surgical weight loss. Attendees have an opportunity to meet the surgeons, Dr. Aziz Richi, Dr. Shady Macaron and Dr. Shohan Shetty of Franklin Medical Group, who discuss the medical, physical and psychological impacts of obesity and provide an overview of the newest surgical weight loss procedures. The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Medical-Dental Conference Center. The meeting is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

For more information about weight loss surgery at Saint Mary’s Hospital, or to register for the seminar, call 203-709-7722 or visit

Saint Mary’s Hospital has achieved Comprehensive Center accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This designation places Saint Mary’s among an “elite group” of accredited centers in the country. Saint Mary’s Hospital is the only hospital in Greater Waterbury designated a Blue Distinction® Center for bariatric surgery by Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. The hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Program has also been recognized by Aetna Institutes of Quality and Optum Health Centers of Excellence, and as a Cigna Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital is an acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury since 1909 and is now a member of Trinity Health – New England. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The hospital’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit for more information and follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT, Instagram and Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

About Trinity Health - New England

Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

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