Bariatric Partners, Inc. Announces Addition of Nationally-Renowned Bariatric Surgical Group to Its JourneyLite Affiliate Program

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Bariatric Partners, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced today that it has entered into a management services agreement with Dalton Surgical Group and the Gastric Band Institute located in Chattanooga, TN and Dalton, GA, approximately 60 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia.

Bariatric Partners, Inc. is proud to announce our partnership with one of the premier bariatric surgery practices in the United States

Bariatric Partners, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, NC, announced today that it has entered into a management services agreement with Dalton Surgical Group and the Gastric Band Institute located in Chattanooga, TN and Dalton, GA, approximately 60 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia.

"Bariatric Partners, Inc. is proud to announce our partnership with one of the premier bariatric surgery practices in the United States," stated Edmund Bujalski, Chief Executive Officer for Bariatric Partners, Inc. "Dr. Jaime Ponce is a pioneer in the field of bariatric medicine and his reputation in the national bariatric landscape is outstanding. Adding to the expertise of the bariatric surgical group are Drs. Steven Paynter and Richard Fromm, making the Gastric Band Institute the industry leader within the region. As members of the JourneyLite Affiliate Program, the Gastric Band Institute will continue to expand its experience and excellence to new markets and improve the lives of individuals suffering from morbid obesity," said Bujalski.

"We want to develop greater market awareness for the tremendous reputation established by the Gastric Band Institute," stated Joseph "Woody" Hubbard, Chief Development Officer for Bariatric Partners, Inc. "Access and awareness to the success and skills of Drs. Ponce, Paynter and Fromm need to be expanded beyond the current geographical boundaries of the Gastric Band Institute. We look forward to working with these outstanding physicians to improve access to care for those that suffer from the disease of obesity in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama," stated Hubbard.

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.

About Gastric Band Institute
The Gastric Band Institute is a comprehensive bariatric surgery practice located in the Chattanooga, Tennessee and Dalton, Georgia area that is dedicated exclusively to the gastric banding procedure for the treatment of morbid and severe obesity. Drs. Jaime Ponce, Steven Paynter, and Richard Fromm head a dedicated team that allows patients access to appropriate information, surgical equipment, follow-up, band adjustments, and ongoing support in order to succeed. The Gastric Band Institute's experience with the LAP-BAND® and Realize BandTM is one of the largest in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.gastricbandinstitute.com.

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