Enhance Your Lifestyle
Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center in Pensacola is ranked #1 in the state of Florida for clinical excellence by a leading independent healthcare ratings organization.
Backed by Ascension Sacred Heart's reputation for excellent care, our team is dedicated to guiding you on your individual journey to a healthier life. The result is a "new you" who is not only slimmer, but who has new energy and vitality, and revived hope for a better way of life.
Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center is an Accredited Comprehensive Center through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Learn more about our accreditation.
The Journey To a New You
Our weight loss management program is a step-by-step process, and our caring ministry staff will guide and support you through every step of your journey. For weight loss surgery patients, success means more than falling numbers on the scale. It's a total health transformation. The road to a healthier, happier, thinner you begins with four simple steps:
Step 1 LEARN: Find out if weight loss surgery is right for you
Many of your questions about the procedures, the risks and benefits of surgery, and insurance eligibility will be answered in both our guide and our free weight loss seminar. Take a look at our patient booklet: "An Introduction to Bariatric Surgery at the Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center". This guide was written as a resource for patients throughout the weight loss surgery and includes information about various procedures, what to expect, nutritional guidelines, potential problems, and solutions on how to address them. We also encourage you to watch our 15-minute online seminar, and take the short quiz afterwards. When you submit the quiz, our office staff will be notified of your interest. Your information is secure – we do not share it.
Step 2 ENROLL: Tell us more about yourself
After you have watched the online seminar, the next step will be to give us some health and insurance information through our secured health information management system, called My Health Manager. Registering with My Health Manager will take approximately 10 minutes and does not obligate you to any fees, nor to proceed with office visits or surgery. Information you enter in My Health Manager will help our clinical office staff determine your eligibility for weight loss surgery.
Step 3 BEGIN: The next step is a physician-supervised weight loss trial
Make an appointment with either your primary care provider or our Weight-Management and Nutrition Specialist. Most insurance carriers require a supervised weight-loss trial lasting anywhere from 6 to 12 months as a prerequisite to pre-approving the surgery. The weight loss trial must be documented by a physician and must include several specific items in your medical record.
Step 4 LISTEN: Expect a call from us
Once our office staff members have confirmation that you have completed Steps 1 and 2, they will review your health and insurance information. While you make arrangements for your Supervised Weight Loss Trial (Step 3), all you need to do is to listen for a call within 72 hours from one of our staff members. Once they have verified your insurance eligibility, they will set up your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lord. If you do not meet the clinical criteria for weight loss surgery, we will suggest other options for weight management.
"This surgery has been one of the biggest tools to help me meet my weight-loss goals. This journey has been a blessing; I cannot wait to see what else God has planned for me!"
Meet Our Bariatric Surgeon
Our team at Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center can provide you with the tools and support you need to make the decision that’s right for you. We can help you lose and manage your weight for a lifetime, so that you can get back to the little things you love, like enjoying time outside, playing with your children or grandchildren, or pursuing your favorite hobby.
Jeffrey Lord, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Center | Ascension Sacred Heart
Dr. Lord is the medical director of the Ascension Surgical Weight Loss Center. He has advanced fellowship training and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of minimally invasive bariatric surgery.
Our Bariatric Support Groups
Our Bariatric Support Group was established to help you talk about some of the issues you might face as you lose weight. Some of these issues are dietary, others are social, and some are cosmetic (i.e. loose skin). These meetings provide a forum for patients to meet and discuss solutions with other patients who may have gained insight through personal experience. The support group is an important part of your recovery process. Studies show that patients who actively participate in a support group and attend their follow-up appointments have better outcomes than those who do not.
At this time, our support group is being offered virtually. Please call in to our meetings using the following conference call toll-free numbers below:
Program: Fashion Show/Xmas Party
Speaker: Dr. Lord
- Dial the call-in phone number (which is the same for each meeting).
- When prompted, enter the PIN number to join the Google Meet.
Check the website for updates on in-person meetings once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.