The First Step Toward a Healthier Life with Ascension Sacred Heart

Trust your care to Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center in Florida.

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.

Enhance Your Lifestyle with Ascension Weight Loss Programs and Bariatric Centers

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:

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Brandy Ramsay weight loss with Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center

"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.

Dr. Jeffrey LordJeffrey 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.

Support Groups take place from 5-6 p.m. For more information, please call (850) 416-7546 or visit our Facebook page.

If you are unable to make it in-person, you may call in to our meetings using the following conference call toll-free numbers below: 

August 4, 2020: Food Addiction - Toll free number: 617-675-4444, PIN: 961 786 805 7275#

September 1, 2020: Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements - Toll free number: 617-675-4444, PIN: 121 638 425 7913#, Google Meet

October 6, 2020: Emotional Eating - Toll free number: 617-675-4444, PIN: 296 179 361 8237#, Google Meet

November 3, 2020: Holiday Eating - Toll free number: 617-675-4444, PIN: 547 485 368 0260#, Google Meet

December 8, 2020: Annual Fashion Show (TENTATIVE, based on status of COVID-19)