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Release Date: 12/30/2014

It's a new year and time for new resolutions for you and your family. If weight loss is on your New Year's resolution list, then The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England is here to help with free monthly information sessions and a new support group.

Information sessions are held the first Tuesday of every month at Kent Hospital's Doctors' Auditorium from 6 -9 p.m. Free parking is available on the Doctors' Auditorium side of the hospital by entering at the service vehicle entrance on Toll Gate Road. No RSVP is needed.

Starting January 14, a patient support group will be held at the Care New England Wellness Center, (Conference Room B), 2191 Post Road Warwick. January's support group will discuss Goal Setting for Success, with guest speaker Lisa Carr, a wellness practitioner specializing in exercise programs and health coaching for weight loss surgery patients. Other speakers include; Sally Craig, LCSW and Erin Ursillo, MA, Butler Hospital. Please RSVP, The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England, 401. 736.3731.

The surgical weight loss program is directed by Jeannine Giovanni, MD, a board-certified general surgeon with advanced training in bariatric surgery and extensive experience here in Rhode Island. Giovanni completed her surgical training at Boston Medical Center and a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. She has practiced since 2005 and has performed more than 1,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England is aimed at helping patients who suffer from obesity and other weight-related diseases obtain optimal weight and healthier lifestyle with surgical options such as the lap band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. Along with Dr. Giovanni's leadership, the program is supported by an experienced team including a certified physician assistant and program coordinator. In addition, a team of cardiologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, nurses, anesthesiologists and exercise physiologists will provide multi-faceted clinical support to patients helping to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes from consultation, to day-of surgery, post-operation, recovery and long-term follow up.

Obesity is a disease that is chronic and often difficult to treat. It is often the root of many other serious illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pain, infertility, acid reflux and even cancer. Medical treatments such as diet, exercise and pills fail to help keep off the weight for more than 95-percent of obese people. Yet, surgery is successful in more than 80-percent of the time in achieving weight loss outcomes.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England offers information sessions and a support group for patients and prospective patients. For more information or to find out if weight loss surgery is right for you. Please contact The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England at 401.736.3731 or visit

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