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Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Opens New Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center

The risk factors for obesity are complex and the impact on health can be devastating. Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital has formed a new Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center to integrate the full range of services required to treat obesity and prevent chronic illness. Patients at high-risk for complications from their weight, including type 2 diabetes, other metabolic disorders, or worsening weight gain will now have a central point of access conveniently located near the main entrance of Delnor Hospital.

The new center offers medical weight management, nutrition and diet planning, individualized exercise programs, health psychology, diabetes education, and bariatric surgery. The 7,500 square foot clinic features a demonstration kitchen, community conference space, six exam rooms, a treatment room, consultation rooms and physician offices.

“Every weight loss journey is unique. Our goal is to provide the individualized care plan and resources for long-term success,” said Matthew Pittman, MD, medical director, Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center. “For some patients that may include medications or meal supplements, while surgery may an option for others. All patients benefit from nutrition, exercise and psychosocial support.”

The Delnor Community Kitchen is a place for people of all ages to learn about nutrition.A highlight of the new center is the demonstration kitchen, which will be used for nutritional counseling, patient education, and community programs. The kitchen features a main island with appliances and a food prep area, seating around the main island for viewing, two additional work stations with appliances, and audio/visual capability to broadcast demonstrations to nearby conference rooms.

“Obesity is a serious medical condition that is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, fertility issues, joint problems, sleep issues and many other health conditions,” said Elizabeth Lowden, MD, bariatric endocrinologist, Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital. “Our team of caregivers provides the tools, education and support to lose weight and help prevent additional comorbidities and illness.”

To facilitate communication and care coordination, the new center is clinically integrated with other specialties and services across Northwestern Medicine, including cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonary & sleep medicine, obstetrics & gynecology and pain management. Lab results, imaging results and other related testing done at Northwestern Medicine facilities can be reviewed by members of the care team within the center.

Non-surgical weight management options include medication, meal supplements, dietary consultations, behavioral health, and exercise assessments & therapy. Surgical procedures include gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and the Orbera Balloon. To be eligible for surgery, patients must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with threatening comorbidities.

Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in Illinois six straight years by U.S. News & World Report, Northwestern Medicine’s integrated health system offers a full range of nonsurgical and surgical weight loss options with step-by-step education, guidance and support. The bariatric programs at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital have all earned national accreditation as Comprehensive Centers under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.