AdventHealth and BariNation Join Forces to Support and Empower Bariatric Patients in Central Florida

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AdventHealth and BariNation Join Forces to Support and Empower Bariatric Patients in Central Florida

Orlando, FL (February 6, 2024)

AdventHealth Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery (AdventHealth) has announced a partnership with BariNation, a leading provider of educational resources and support for individuals pursuing a metabolically healthy lifestyle. This collaboration goes beyond physical transformation, emphasizing a holistic approach that integrates the body, mind, and spirit for enduring well-being.

As obesity rates continue to rise worldwide, practical education and comprehensive treatment options become increasingly vital. Recognizing this urgent need, AdventHealth identified BariNation as the ideal integrated organization to expand their already extensive patient education and advocacy programs. AdventHealth performs over 1,500 bariatric surgeries, complex revisions and plastic/reconstruction surgeries on patients across Central Florida and beyond each year.

AdventHealth's "Human Spirit" philosophy addresses the mind, body, and spirit connection and this collaboration empowers patients to:

  • Make informed decisions: Gaining knowledge and understanding to approach their journey with confidence
  • Feel supported: Fostering a sense of belonging and encouragement through dedicated coaching and a supportive community
  • Achieve holistic success: Extending beyond weight loss to encompass overall well-being and a fulfilling life

Dr. Amit Taggar, bariatric surgeon at AdventHealth Celebration shared, “We are excited to engage with BariNation in our ongoing commitment to improve patient

outcomes. This collaboration will significantly enhance our ability to educate and support our patients throughout their weight loss and overall metabolic wellness journey. By combining our clinical expertise with BariNation's comprehensive educational platform, we can provide our patients with a holistic approach to achieving metabolic wellness and improved long-term health.”

Through this partnership all AdventHealth bariatric surgery patients will receive:

  • BariNation Membership - 2 week complimentary trial and special lifetime subscription pricing
  • Unlimited access to patient-centered support and resources, via a private and safe online community platform
  • Tailored content covering pre- and post-surgical information, nutrition, exercise, emotional support, and mindfulness practices
  • Collaborative workshops led by credentialed experts that provide valuable insights and promote connections between patients and AdventHealth clinical professionals

    April Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of BariNation expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, "On behalf of myself and co-founders Jason Smith and Natalie Tierney, we are thrilled to join forces with the esteemed medical professionals of AdventHealth. BariNation empowers individuals through community to access and utilize the tools, resources, and education needed to achieve and maintain personal wellness. This will allow us to combine our educational resources and technology expertise with AdventHealth’s exceptional patient care and surgical excellence. Together, we aim to provide individuals struggling with the chronic disease of obesity with a safe and welcoming space to connect, learn, and grow along their bariatric journey.”

    AdventHealth Orlando bariatric surgeon, Dr Gus Bello added, “Our partnership with BariNation demonstrates the unique approach and pride taken in the relationships we build with our patients. Our goal is to provide quality care, individualized service, and develop relationships with resources to ensure our patients' healthy, long-term success which makes BariNation a great fit to partner with to supplement patient support. We’re also excited to share our expertise with a wider audience in the bariatric community.”

With over 80 virtual support groups, classes, and meet-ups per month, many led by ASMBS members, the AdventHealth/BariNation collaboration strives to provide patient-centered support that is accessible, on-demand, and meaningful to meet the needs of those in treatment for the complex disease of obesity. Created by bariatric patients, BariNation structures its offerings across the pillars of Mindset, Movement, Metabolic Wellness and Community. This association will empower patients to take an active role in their weight loss journey, ensuring they have the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions and achieve long-term success.

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Our Partnership

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  • AdventHealth Logo

    About AdventHealth

    With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 90,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities healthier

    unify the system's more than 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout almost dozen states.

    AdventHealth Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery is a leader in obesity treatment and healthcare in four locations throughout Central Florida — all focused on highly personalized care that delivers sustainable results. With its team approach to weight loss and post-bariatric body contouring plastic/reconstructive surgery, AdventHealth meets patients where they are to provide the tools needed to meet their health goals.

  • BariNation Logo

    About BariNation

    BariNation is a multi-platform, Bariatric patient-created, mission-driven organization that empowers individuals to access support, education, resources, and community needed to find and maintain personal wellness. BariNation partners with experts and credentialed professionals from bariatric medicine to host an average of 80 monthly support groups/meet-ups/classes that are accessible to members on their private community platform. BariNation also produces a weekly podcast on all major platforms and YouTube.