JourneyLite of Cincinnati Opens Surgical Center to Treat Morbid Obesity

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Bariatric Partners, Inc., parent company of JourneyLiteSM, a leading provider of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, has opened a new surgery center in Cincinnati, OH. The center, JourneyLite of Cincinnati, is located at 10475 Reading Road, Suite 115.

Our hope is that this new venue will allow more obese patients to obtain surgery, which is a documented long-term treatment for this devastating disease.

Bariatric Partners, Inc., parent company of JourneyLiteSM, a leading provider of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, has opened a new surgery center in Cincinnati, OH. The center, JourneyLite of Cincinnati, is located at 10475 Reading Road, Suite 115.

"We are delighted that JourneyLite of Cincinnati has officially opened its doors, giving our physicians and staff the venue to provide not only surgical services, but continued support for patients on their weight loss journey," stated Cynthia Winker, Chief Operations Officer for Bariatric Partners, Inc. "Our JourneyLite staff is dedicated to working with prospective and existing patients to make this journey as comfortable and as successful as we can."

The new surgery center is home to two well-known laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) surgeons; Dr. Trace Curry and Dr. Elliott Fegelman. "Dr. Curry and Dr. Fegelman are pioneering the way for outpatient bariatric surgery in the tri-state area and we know that their excellent reputations and experience in bariatric surgery will serve this community extremely well," said Edmund Bujalski, Chief Executive Office for Bariatric Partners, Inc.

"We invite all patients considering weight loss surgery to tour the facility and see the difference in a facility specially designed and built to treat obesity," stated Dr. Trace Curry.

"The need for an outpatient surgery center became evident as patients and payers seek options for those interested in surgical weight loss," added Dr. Fegelman "Our hope is that this new venue will allow more obese patients to obtain surgery, which is a documented long-term treatment for this devastating disease."

About JourneyLite of Cincinnati
The lead physicians for JourneyLite of Cincinnati are Dr. Trace Curry and Dr. Elliott Fegelman, both natives of Cincinnati. Dr. Trace Curry has performed well over 1400 gastric banding surgeries with experience with both the Allergan LAP-BAND system and the new J&J Realize Adjustable Gastric Band. Dr. Curry's practice is certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Dr. Elliott Fegelman has been a General Surgeon since 1994, with an emphasis on bariatric surgery in the last six years. Dr. Fegelman was the first surgeon in the Cincinnati region to perform the LAP-BAND procedure, as well as working closely with Ethicon Endosurgery for the development of the Realize Band. Information about JourneyLite of Cincinnati may be found online at http://www.journeylite.com.

About JourneyLiteSM
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 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.

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