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Bariatric Support Groups

Bariatric Support groups are held on a monthly basis for patients considering weight loss surgery and patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. Summa’s Bariatric Care Center offers this group at the Summa Akron City Hospital campus.

The purpose of the support group is to help each bariatric/weight loss surgery patient reach the best possible outcome, where nutrition, exercise and behavior modification are reinforced at every meeting. The support group gives patients an opportunity to discuss personal or professional issues that arise from weight loss surgery, and/or from their history of obesity. The Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery Support Group also allows patients to surround themselves with people who understand and support their goals, and helps them develop realistic expectations while learning behavior modification skills.

The group is designed for the patients, and is facilitated by Bariatric Care Center staff. Patients are given the opportunity to participate and to help administer some aspects of the bariatric/weight loss support group. An agenda is prepared for each meeting, which includes a topic for discussion as well as ample time for sharing.

Bariatric Support Group meetings are generally held the fourth Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July, November and December. Meetings are located in the Professional Building South, 55 Arch Street on the Summa Akron City Hospital Campus. The PODS are located in the basement of the Professional Building. (Directions)

Meeting Hours: 

May - December
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (Note the location has changed for this support group meeting to Metro Parks Freedom Trail - Lions Park in Tallmadge)
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014