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Losing Weight Begins with Understanding All Your Needs

Research shows that in many cases doctors need to focus less on a patient’s weight and look more individually at things such as personal physiology and behavior. Despite such findings, physicians routinely recommend dieting for weight loss as a means to address issues such as high cholesterol and insomnia in obese patients. Leslie Pristas, DO, medical director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery, explains why this isn't in patients best interest. ...Continue →

Meet the Experts: Bariatric Surgery in Preparation for Orthopedic Surgery

Obesity leads to heart disease, type II diabetes and cancer. It also has a significant impact on joint health. Individuals with obesity have higher incidence of hip pain and stiffness, knee ...Continue →

Obesity expert explains why body-shaming is harmful, not helpful

Fat shaming involves criticizing and harassing overweight people about their weight or eating habits. Studies show that weight discrimination — including body-shaming — causes stress and leads overweight people to eat more calories. As medical director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity, Leslie Pristas, DO, counsels patients on all the factors that cause obesity and educates them on successful long-term tools needed to maintain a healthy weight. Here, she addresses the harmful effects shame has on health and the misconceptions about the causes of obesity. ...Continue →

Summer Recipes: Berry Salad with White Balsamic Dressing and Strawberry Lemonade

Center for Bariatric Surgery registered dietician, Sam Chin, shares this summer berry salad with white balsamic dressing for a protein-filled, light summer entrée. ...Continue →

Center for Bariatric Surgery psychologist shares tips for starting an exercise routine

Getting started in fitness is hard. Doing so when you're obese is substantially harder. But it need not be impossible. With the right frame of mind, expert advice, and the support of friends and family, even the heaviest can seize control and begin to win what may feel like a losing battle. Dr. Anita Maximin, clinical psychologist in the Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, spoke with Cleveland.com about the important of exercise in overcoming obesity. ...Continue →

A journey of 30 years leads patient to give in honor of the 150th anniversary

“I have a lot of gratitude for the people at St. Vincent. They have not only helped me, but many others, find the ongoing small pleasures from living a healthy lifestyle,” he said.  “I knew I wanted to do something to honor them and what they do,” Mintz said. His journey with St. Vincent Charity began more than 30 years ago, when he worked as an engineering manager for a Cleveland industrial controls company. ...Continue →

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October 30, 2019

Statement on the Passing of 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Richard Lennon

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Sisters of Charity Health System and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine are deeply saddened by the passing of The Most Rev. Richard Gerard Lennon, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on Tu ...continue reading

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February 25, 2019

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Video Highlights Partnership

CLEVELAND – The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has released a new video, highlighting the collaborative work under way by area hospitals to address the opioid crisis in the region.The ...continue reading

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June 4, 2018

St. Vincent Surgeon Performs Breakthrough Knee Revision Surgery

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Dr. Bernard Stulberg recently became the first orthopedic surgeon in the country to perform total knee revision surgery utilizing the latest GPS technology. The procedure marks a breakthrough in knee revision surg ...continue reading

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