JourneyLite of Cincinnati joins Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Provider Network

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JourneyLite of Cincinnati announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio. JourneyLite of Cincinnati is an affiliate of Bariatric Partners, Inc., in Charlotte and is located at 10475 Reading Road, Suite 115.

This agreement provides improved access to many Cincinnati-area residents who are looking for access to a high quality surgical facility focused on the treatment for the disease of morbid obesity

JourneyLite of Cincinnati announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio. JourneyLite of Cincinnati is an affiliate of Bariatric Partners, Inc., in Charlotte and is located at 10475 Reading Road, Suite 115.

This new relationship allows those Anthem members with custom benefits that cover bariatric services to receive laparoscopic adjustable banding surgery on an in-network basis at a facility which specializes in providing and supporting surgical weight loss. Under certain benefit plans, members may have lower out-of-pocket expenses at JourneyLite of Cincinnati than at a non-participating facility.

"This agreement provides improved access to many Cincinnati-area residents who are looking for access to a high quality surgical facility focused on the treatment for the disease of morbid obesity," said Cynthia Winker, COO of Bariatric Partners. "We welcome the opportunity to serve the people of the Cincinnati area and help overcome their struggles with weight loss and begin a new Journey in Life."

For information about JourneyLite of Cincinnati, individuals should call (513)-259-2555.

About JourneyLite of Cincinnati:
The lead physicians for JourneyLite of Cincinnati are Trace Curry, MD and Elliot Fegelman, MD, both natives of Cincinnati. Dr. Trace Curry has performed well over 1400 gastric banding surgeries utilizing both the Allergan LAP-BAND system and the new J&J Realize Adjustable Gastric Band. Dr. Curry's practice is certified as a Bariatric Center of Excellence. Dr. Elliot Fegelman has been a General Surgeon since 1994, with 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 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 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 Journey Lite can be found online at http://www.JourneyLite.com.

About Bariatric Partners:
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 laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) surgical procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. Further information about Bariatric Partners can be found at http://www.bariatricpartners.com.

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