Memorial's comprehensive, medically managed approach provides
patients the safest, highest quality of care for weight loss and
wellness. With access to a wide selection of services offered by
Memorial Health System, patients will benefit from nutritional
education, physical fitness support, medical therapies, surgical
procedures, and lifestyle- and behavior-modification techniques.
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"This physician-led approach makes our program unique in central
Illinois. Our goal is to help overweight and obese patients lose
weight, maintain their weight loss, and improve their health with
the support and expertise of a multidisciplinary team," said Nicole
Florence, a physician with Memorial Physician Services and one of
the five physicians who lead the center's clinical team.
"Our program gives our patients the benefit of health care
professionals being involved in every aspect of their journey," Dr.
Florence said. "This makes our program unique in the region and
provides the opportunity for our patients to succeed in their goal
to lose weight and achieve great health. Unlike other programs that
offer a one-size-fits-all approach, our program is truly customized
to a patient's specific body type and lifestyle needs."
More than 154 million Americans 20 years old and older are
overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable
"Obese and overweight patients can typically have a number of
co-existing health conditions, including high blood pressure, Type 2
diabetes, coronary heart disease, sleep apnea and high cholesterol,"
said Dr. Max Hammer, bariatric medical director and a weight-loss
surgeon with Springfield Clinic who specializes in minimally
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The Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center's goals align with the
four needs identified in Memorial Health System's community needs
assessment. The health system's three hospitals assessed community
health priorities in their counties and identified the top local
priorities: access to health care, cardiovascular diseases, obesity
The Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center's three other
physician leaders are Dr. Daniel Adair, an orthopedic surgeon with
Springfield Clinic; Dr. Orlando Icaza, a bariatric surgeon with
Springfield Clinic; and Dr. Elizabeth Warner, a bariatric surgeon
with Springfield Clinic. They are supported by an 18-member clinical
team of midlevel providers, nurses, health psychologists, social
workers, physical therapists, certified diabetes educators and
dietitians specializing in weight maintenance and other health
problems associated with excess weight.
For more information, call 217-788-3948 or 866-205-7915. Patient
pre-screening forms are also available at
[Text from file received from
Memorial Health System]