Providence’s multidisciplinary Center for Weight Management opens

Providence in Oregon earlier this year received comprehensive national accreditation for its Center for Weight Management, a program begun two years ago to help patients lose weight and keep it off with an approach that embraces the whole person. The center offers both nonsurgical and surgical weight loss programs at two Portland-area locations.

For your patients who may be ready to consider a medically supervised weight loss program, Providence in Oregon offers both nonsurgical and surgical programs. The Providence Center for Weight Management is the only center in Oregon accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) in both bariatric surgery and obesity medicine.

The care team consists of surgeons, dietitians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and an endocrinologist – all working together in the clinic to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Program overview

The center offers both nonsurgical and surgical weight loss programs:

  • Medical weight loss: This program offers a medically supervised weight loss plan based on individual goals, health history and eating habits. It includes resources such as coaching and fitness evaluations.
  • Surgical weight loss: This program begins with presurgery education and nutritional programs. The team provides comprehensive support for patients during and after surgery for weight loss and long-term success.

If a patient is unsure which approach to take, the center’s team of doctors, nurse practitioners, dietitians and behavioral health specialists can provide them with the information they need to make an informed decision.

The program has two convenient, newly remodeled locations.

  • Providence Center for Weight Management-East at Providence Portland Medical Center
  • Providence Center for Weight Management-West at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (Mother Joseph Plaza)

Eligibility requirements and financial support

Bariatric surgery may be right for patients with a BMI of at least 40, or for patients with a BMI of 35 or greater with significant weight-related medical problems such as: Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease and asthma. Metabolic surgery can be an adjunct to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes for patients with a BMI between 30-35. The Medical Weight Management program is open to all patients with a BMI of 25 or more.

A financial counselor and patient navigator are on staff to work with patients to help them determine which benefits are covered by their insurance. For patients without insurance coverage for weight loss services, a self-pay option is available.

Why choose the Providence Center for Weight Management?

Clinical excellence

  • Only center in Oregon to receive MBSAQIP accreditation in both bariatric surgery and obesity medicine (MBSAQIP sets national standards for bariatric surgery centers with a goal of advancing safe and high-quality care for bariatric surgery patients) 
  • Experienced, fellowship-trained surgeons
  • Multidisciplinary team for coordinated care and better outcomes

Personalized approach

  • Surgical and nonsurgical treatment options
  • Customized treatment plan based on lifestyle and goals
  • Medical weight management includes behavioral, nutritional and exercise support; medication management; and a structured meal replacement program
  • Ongoing support groups for long-term success

For more information:

  • To refer a patient, use Epic referral REF 125E or call 503-215-7230. 

For more information, visit: Providence Center for Weight Management

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