Here at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, our mission is to provide quality health and wellness services for the people of our region. That’s why we teamed up with Grand Health Partners; together, we now offer more comprehensive weight loss programs that are customized to the needs of our patients.
Bariatrics is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on analyzing the causes of obesity, assisting with preventive measures, and administering treatments or bariatric services. The bariatric services provided by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and Grand Health Partners offer the expert support you need to transform your life.
The safest and most effective way to tackle obesity is with guidance from qualified medical experts who have a firm understanding of the condition. We understand obesity – and we believe that educating our patients on their condition is the first crucial step that brings patients closer to actualizing their health and weight goals.
Here are the fundamental facts about obesity:
Metabolic syndrome is a medical term for the combination of excess fat around the waist, high triglyceride levels, reduced good cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, and hypertension. Being overweight or obese can trigger metabolic syndrome in certain individuals.
Losing weight is one way to treat metabolic syndrome, however, this condition can also make losing weight even more challenging. This puts a patient in a complex cycle that may call for bariatric services.
Though a societal myth around obesity attributes its cause to a lack of willpower, this is oftentimes not the case. A combination of genetic predisposition, cultural elements, increased stress due to social/emotional factors, and even certain medications can all play a role in causing a patient to develop obesity.
Obesity is second only to smoking as a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Additionally, one in five deaths of African Americans and Caucasians aged 40 to 85 is linked to obesity. Without proactive action, this mortality rate will increase across generations.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from obesity, time is of the essence. Quick action can help prevent further complications down the line. SCMH, together with Grand Health Partners, can give you the best options for weight loss and help you begin your journey towards a healthier state of life.
Founded in 2008, Grand Health Partners is a medical group practice located in Grand Rapids. Grand Health Partners specializes in surgical and non-surgical weight loss solutions. Their team of experts is trained in providing coaching on dietary, behavioral, and exercise habits while the patient is safely monitored by highly-experienced bariatric physicians.
For the past 12 years and counting, they have helped over 16,000 patients with their targeted and effective bariatric services. They are, indeed, a trusted partner in transforming lives and improving overall health through tailored weight loss programs.
In partnership with Grand Health Partners, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital provides top-notch and comprehensive bariatric services. Depending on a patient’s individual case, they can opt for non-surgical weight loss methods or bariatric surgery.
Non-surgical weight loss involves the use of an expertly designed, tailor-fit medical weight management program that will safely and effectively bring the patient’s weight to a healthy or desired range – without the need for surgery.
In some cases, however, bariatric surgery may be recommended or chosen. These surgical solutions aid in long-term weight control and include sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass (Roux-En-Y), and duodenal switch. Whenever possible, the experienced bariatric surgeons from Grand Health Partners opt to perform bariatric surgeries laparoscopically – resulting in smaller incisions and a faster recovery time for the patient.
This is one of the most common bariatric surgical procedures. With the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, food is allowed to pass through and be processed by the digestive system like normal. However, the procedure will result in limiting the size of the stomach to about 4-6 fluid ounces by safely removing a portion of it, leaving a long vertical tube or ‘sleeve’ in its place.
The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass bariatric surgery involves the creation of a small upper pouch for the stomach (roughly the size of an egg) and a larger “remnant” pouch. The small intestine is then rearranged so that it connects to both pouches. After the surgery, the patient will be able to feel full with less food due to the limited size of the stomach’s upper pouch. This leads to a gradual and safe weight loss process for the patient.
The duodenal switch procedure is yet another highly effective type of bariatric surgery. The first stage of this procedure is sleeve gastrectomy which reduces the size of the stomach. Next, the small intestine is rearranged much further down so that two-thirds or more of the intestines is bypassed.
With the decreased size of the stomach along with restricted absorption from the small intestines, patients can feel full even with moderate portions of food and will be able to keep the weight off long-term due to restricted intestinal absorption.
Following surgery, the average bariatric patient loses 60 to 70% of excess weight within three years. It’s important to note that bariatric surgery is a weight-loss tool that requires an ongoing commitment to healthy eating and exercise.
If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above, you are a potentially good candidate for bariatric surgery. Additionally, your physician may be more inclined to refer you to bariatric surgery if you are suffering from the following conditions, along with the excess weight:
Undergoing healthy, physician-guided weight loss techniques and procedures provide plenty of benefits. Because the weight loss is gradual and consistent, it is physically safe and emotionally rewarding. These benefits include:
If you or someone you love is suffering from obesity, we want you to remember that there are safe and effective options out there and a whole team of experienced medical professionals who are more than happy to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Dr. Paul Kemmeter, M.D., F.A.C.S. received his B.S. from University of Michigan and his M.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for Michigan State College of Human Medicine and currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the GRMERC-MSU General Surgery residency program. He is also the medical director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Mary’s Health Care. Along with performing bariatric surgery, he also performs General Surgery procedures including Acute Care surgeries and Advanced Laparoscopy including ventral and inguinal hernia surgeries, gallbladder surgery, appendectomies and other emergency surgeries
Dr. Nagle is married with two children. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, running, scuba diving, skiing, and many other hobbies. He is a commercial pilot and donates time to Wings of Mercy, which provides free air transportation to patients who need treatment at distant medical facilities.
Currently, most visits or consultations are done virtually. However, Grand Health Partners’ surgeons can meet patients at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, Mich. once a schedule is set.
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, Mich. has two state-of-the-art operating suites where all bariatric services and surgeries are performed. Our staff and our facilities promise to provide a top-notch patient experience before, during, and after your bariatric surgery.
For scheduling or rescheduling your appointment, you can contact Grand Health Partners on their updated numbers as listed here.
After surgery has been scheduled through Grand Health Partners, SCMH pre-procedure planning team (or the like) will contact you prior to your surgery to discuss further details. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
If you have any preoperative or postoperative medical concerns or questions, you can contact Grand Health Partners on their updated numbers as listed here.
However, if concerns arise during after-hours, contact us and our answering service can connect you with an on-call Physician Assistant.
Since I started this journey I have lost almost 240lbs! This surpasses the initial predictions made by my team and certainly exceeds anything I imagined for myself. I still have a goal weight I would like to hit, but that will happen in due course. I’m more focused on living a healthier life than I am losing weight so even if I stop where I am I’ve accomplished something that I never imagined would be possible when I started.
For the longest time, I felt bad sharing my story. If anyone commented on my progress or inquired about what I was doing to lose weight, I would answer honestly and then I would almost feel ashamed because I hadn’t been able to lose weight on my own. Somehow I felt like I had cheated because I was finally having success. But now that I’m a year into it and I know what it takes to lose that amount of weight, maintain it and lead a healthier lifestyle, I don’t feel like I cheated at all because the surgery is only a small part of the equation in the grand scheme. The truth is that surgery might make your stomach smaller, but it doesn’t fix behavior. It doesn’t create new relationships with food and exercise, and it doesn’t make social situations easier; in fact, it makes them harder, and anyone who thinks these things magically take care of themselves is grossly under-informed. I went into this with both eyes open so I knew exactly what I was getting into when I flipped the switch, and the reality is that every day is a new day full of new challenges and choices to make and it takes an arsenal of tools to get you through each day. I had to be willing to make permanent changes to my life because this isn’t a temporary program and old habits live just around the corner.
Now that I’m just over a year into this journey, if people ask me what the “secret” is or what I’m doing I tell them the truth; that I’m doing what anyone leading a healthy lifestyle does; making informed choices, working out regularly and not being a spectator in my own life. I did that for far too long and look where it got me. And there’s the secret… The secret is that surgery isn’t the secret. It’s a tool and nothing more. It’s a very powerful tool if used correctly, but consistency, education, presence, determination, loving yourself, showing up in your own life and choosing differently than you normally would is the secret, and those are all more powerful than any surgery and that’s been my greatest lesson.
We all have our demons in life and they may take form in many ways. Mine happens to be more visible than what others may struggle with, but everyone has something. We do the best we can with what we know at the time and I learn something new every day and I hope to for the rest of my life. A very wise person once told me that there are at least 5 different ways to do anything. I chose the way that worked best for me. If I learned anything through this process, it’s that short-term success is easy. Doing anything that requires permanent change is where the challenge is for most of us, myself included, but I’m off to a good start and I’m armed with determination and knowledge that I didn’t have in the past. I’m looking forward to the journey. It took me 42 years to grasp these concepts, but thankfully I finally did. I’ve won a couple of big battles for sure, but ultimately, I’m focused on the war.
*Weight loss results may vary based on the individual.
*Weight loss results may vary based on the individual.
Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery
Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski
out of 5 stars
The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.
Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps
5 out of 5 stars