Bariatric Partners, Inc., Announced That it Has Promoted Joshua R. Blackson to Vice President of Operations Effective as of January 1, 2008

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Bariatric Partners, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced today that it has promoted Joshua R. Blackson to Vice President of Operations effective as of January 1, 2008. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Blackson served as Director of Regional Operations for the corporation. In his new role, Mr. Blackson will continue to oversee all aspects related to facility construction, build out and operations of Bariatric Partners, Inc.'s specialty ambulatory surgical centers operating under the brand name JourneyLiteSM.

With both an eye for detail and the ability to manage large projects from the 50,000 foot perspective, he is a key component to establishing and maintaining excellence within our facilities and operations department. Josh will continue to oversee our facility operations from our headquarters in Charlotte.

Bariatric Partners, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced today that it has promoted Joshua R. Blackson to Vice President of Operations effective as of January 1, 2008. Prior to his promotion, Mr. Blackson served as Director of Regional Operations for the corporation. In his new role, Mr. Blackson will continue to oversee all aspects related to facility construction, build out and operations of Bariatric Partners, Inc.'s specialty ambulatory surgical centers operating under the brand name JourneyLiteSM.

"Josh has proven to be a tremendous asset to our corporation," said Cynthia Winker, Chief Operating Officer for Bariatric Partners, Inc. "With both an eye for detail and the ability to manage large projects from the 50,000 foot perspective, he is a key component to establishing and maintaining excellence within our facilities and operations department. Josh will continue to oversee our facility operations from our headquarters in Charlotte."

Mr. Blackson joined Bariatric Partners, Inc. as Director of Regional Operations in May 2006. Prior to joining Bariatric Partners, he served as Assistant Vice President of Administration at Forest Health Services, a company that owned and managed seven specialty hospitals across the nation under the brand name Barix Clinics and two biotechnology companies. While at Forest Health Services, he held a variety of management positions in customer service, sales, marketing, product development, facilities, and operations. In addition, Mr. Blackson spent two years as part of a team acquiring and managing one of Forest Health's private biotechnology companies.

Mr. Blackson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Chemistry from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He currently oversees operations for JourneyLite of Houston, JourneyLite of West Florida and JourneyLite of Cincinnati.

"As we continue to grow and partner with leading bariatric surgeons across the country, Josh's role to bring new surgery centers online and oversee the facility operations and business aspects of each of them will continue to be a critical position within the company," stated Edmund C. Bujalski, Chief Executive Officer of Bariatric Partners, Inc. "Josh brings a well-demonstrated commitment to excellence in project management and follow-through to the corporation and to our surgeon partners. His ability to manage the large and small aspects of all that operations entails comes through in everything he does. We are pleased to promote Josh to the position of Vice President of Operations."

About Bariatric Partners, Inc.:
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bariatric Partners, Inc. is a national for-profit healthcare company that specializes in partnering with leading bariatric surgeons across the country to provide minimally invasive surgical treatment for the disease of obesity. Bariatric Partners, Inc., along with its physician partners, owns and operates specialty ambulatory surgical centers - branded under the name JourneyLite - in key markets across the United States. All JourneyLite facilities focus primarily on the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) surgical procedure for the treatment of obesity. Further information about Bariatric Partners, Inc. may be found online at http://www.bariatricpartners.com.

About JourneyLite:
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, under the parent company of Bariatric Partners, Inc., JourneyLite is a leading provider in the United States of surgical treatment for obesity through laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB). The goal of JourneyLite is to provide the highest quality patient surgical experience along with the most comprehensive patient aftercare programs available in the marketplace today. JourneyLite patients may receive LAGB support services at any facility across the country, regardless of the site of surgery. Information about JourneyLite may be found online at http://www.journeylite.com.

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