Mercy Hospital adds new surgical program

Miami’s Mercy Hospital has introduced a new surgical program focused on weight loss.

The new dedicated metabolic and bariatric surgical program at the hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers Harvard fellowship trained bariatric surgeons, minimally invasive surgical options, a dedicated bariatric coordinator, expert dietitians, psychologists and more.

“Weight loss surgery is not a cosmetic procedure, it focuses on restoring patients’ overall health and, in some cases, has the power to drastically improve and potentially reverse chronic health issues such as Type 2 Diabetes,” said Mercy Hospital CEO David Donaldson. “At Mercy Hospital, we pride ourselves on taking a holistic approach to patient care and our new metabolic and bariatric program has the resources in place to transform our patients’ physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.”

The program at the 488-bed hospital, part of HCA East Florida, offers robotic and laparoscopic procedures that use a thin tube to create smaller incisions that result in less scarring. These include Gastric Sleeve Surgery, where the stomach size is surgically reduced by up to 60 percent, and Gastric Bypass Surgery, which restricts the stomach size by creating a small pouch causing food intake to bypass a portion of the patient’s stomach. The Surgical Weight Loss Center is led by Dr. Steven Henriques and Dr. Limaris Barrios, who received fellowship-training in minimally invasive metabolic and bariatric surgery and Harvard University.

“I always tell my patients in our first meeting that they are getting a physician for life;” says Henriques, who is Mercy Hospital’s chief of surgery.  “We specialize in robotic gastric sleeve and bypass surgery which enables us to make smaller incisions. The robotic platform allows us the ability of 360-degree range of motion which drives more precise patient outcomes and faster recovery periods.”

Learn more about the new surgical program here.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.