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March 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 9



Dedicated weight loss surgical program now available at top South Florida hospital  
January 13, 2021 - Mercy Hospital, an industry leading, acute care hospital that has been providing high quality services in South Florida for more than 60 years, is proud to announce that it has officially launched a dedicated metabolic and bariatric surgical program. The bariatric program within Mercy Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that offers Harvard fellowship trained bariatric surgeons, minimally invasive surgical options, a dedicated bariatric coordinator, expert dietitians, psychologists and much 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 Chief Executive Officer, 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.” 
All bariatric procedures offered at Mercy Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center are robotic and laparoscopic, a minimally invasive approach that uses a thin tube to create smaller incisions that result in less scaring. The two main types of procedures offered are 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. Gastric Bypass patients are known to lose up to 60 percent of their body fat. 
Mercy Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center is led by a best-in-class surgical team, Dr. Steven Henriques and Dr. Limaris Barrios. Both doctors received fellowship-training in minimally invasive metabolic and bariatric surgery and Harvard University. The expert physicians support their patients throughout their wellness journeys and utilize a team approach to care before, during and after surgery. 
“I always tell my patients in our first meeting that they are getting a physician for life;” says Dr. Steven Henriques, Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital.  “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.”
To learn more about metabolic and bariatric surgery at Mercy Hospital please visit 
About Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a comprehensive medical facility that has been serving the healthcare needs of South Florida for more than 60 years. The 488-bed, acute care hospital is an award-winning facility that specializes in emergency services that are kid and senior friendly, maternity with level III NICU, general and robotic surgery, hyperbaric and wound care center, cardiology, cancer care, orthopedic and spine, primary stroke center, weight loss center and more. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph and an HCA Healthcare affiliate, Mercy is Miami-Dade’s only catholic hospital and provides patients with the best quality care in a compassionate and caring environment. Affiliated with over 1,000 physicians, Mercy’s Centers of Excellence include: The Heart Center, the Maternity and Women’s Health Center, the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Institute, the Orthopedics & Spine Institute, the Miami Cancer Center and the Behavioral Health Center. Mercy Hospital is located in the heart of Coconut Grove, FL with a bay front property that makes Mercy the only hospital in Miami to be accessible by land, air and sea. For more information on Mercy Hospital, visit, follow us on Instagram @mercyhospitalmiami and like us on
Mercy Hospital is part of HCA East Florida. HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of HCA Healthcare. HCA East Florida has 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,000 employees and has nearly 7,000 physicians on staff. For more information, visit
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