Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center expands to second, west-side location

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[March 20, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD Memorial Medical Center's Weight Loss & Wellness Center has expanded to a second location on the west side of Springfield. In addition to its primary site on the Memorial Medical Center campus, the Weight Loss & Wellness Center is now providing services at Memorial's SportsCare, located inside the Gus & Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W. Iles Ave.

Memorial launched the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center in October 2013. Its comprehensive, medically managed approach is the only central Illinois-based program that offers customized, physician-led weight-loss and wellness programs. With access to a wide selection of services offered by Memorial Health System, patients benefit from nutritional education, physical fitness support, medical therapies, surgical procedures and lifestyle- and behavior-modification techniques.

"The health of our patients is our utmost priority," said Dr. Nicole Florence, who is a physician with Memorial Physician Services and one of the five physicians who lead the center's clinical team. "To provide the care and services they need in locations they can most easily and conveniently access goes a long way toward helping them achieve their health goals."

The Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center's four other physician leaders are Dr. Daniel Adair, an orthopedic surgeon with Springfield Clinic, and Dr. Max Hammer, Dr. Orlando Icaza and Dr. Elizabeth Warner, all advanced laparoscopic general and bariatric surgeons 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.

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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 death.

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]

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