St. Clair Hospital

 

St. Clair Hospital

St. Clair Hospital

 

St. Clair Hospital (SCH) is a 390 bed independent community hospital providing comprehensive, high quality care to the residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The hospital’s main campus is conveniently located just outside of downtown Pittsburgh. SCH offers a dedicated in-patient unit for bariatric patients with experienced nursing and dietary staff. The operating room at SCH has developed a dedicated team for bariatric surgery; the same nurses and anesthesia personnel are present for each case. Research demonstrates that consistent care contributes to better surgical outcomes. For more information on SCH visit: www.stclair.org

Our St. Clair office is located in the St. Clair Hospital Professional Building, Suite 203. Patients are seen by our surgeons, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse for post-surgery care and patient education.

Our administrative office staff includes experienced, professional and patient-centered people. Our practice takes pride in offering you an excellent overall surgical experience.

The hospital address is 1000 Bower Hill Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15243. The main phone number is 412.344.6600.

Bariatric Seminars at St Clair are held on the 4th floor in the Conference Center. Call our main number for times and dates: 412.741.8862.

 

Directions to St. Clair Hospital:

From The North Take I-79 South to Exit 55 (Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights). At the traffic light turn right onto Route 50. Immediately get in the left hand lane and turn left at first traffic light onto Vanadium Road. Follow Vanadium (approximately 1 l/2 miles) to the first traffic light and turn left onto Bower Hill Road. St. Clair Hospital is on the left at 1000 Bower Hill Road.

From The East Take the Parkway (Route 376 West) through the Fort Pitt Tunnels. Take Banksville Road Exit (Route 19 South). Follow Banksville Road to the Y, veer right at the Y (past Boston Market) onto Beverly Road. At the end of Beverly Road, make a left onto Cochran Road. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Bower Hill Road and go approx. 1 l/2 miles to St. Clair Hospital on the right.

From The South Take I-79 North to Exit 55 (Heidelberg/Kirwan Heights). At the traffic light turn right onto Route 50. Immediately get in the left hand lane and turn left at first traffic light onto Vanadium Road. Follow Vanadium (approximately 1 l/2 miles) to the first traffic light and turn left onto Bower Hill Road. St. Clair Hospital is on the left at 1000 Bower Hill Road.

(South - First Alternate Route) Take Route 19 North and turn left at the intersection of Route 19 and Gilkeson. Make a right onto Cedar Blvd. (first light after passing Galleria entrances). At the first traffic light turn left onto Greenhurst. At the next traffic light turn left onto Bower Hill Road to the hospital.

(South - Second Alternate Route) Take Route 51 North to Route 88 Overbrook. Turn left onto Route 88. Go to first traffic light and turn right at light onto McNeilly Road. Go to the end of McNeilly Road and turn left onto Pioneer Ave. Go to the light and turn left on to West Liberty Ave. Go approx. 1 mile to Bower Hill Road (opposite St. Bernard's Catholic Church). Turn right onto Bower Hill Road and go approx. 2 miles to St. Clair Hospital on the right.

(South - From Bethel Park / Castle Shannon Area.) Take Route 88 to Connor Road. From Bethel Park make a left onto Connor Road or from Castle Shannon, make a right onto Connor Road. Make a right onto Cedar Blvd. (first light after passing Galleria entrances). At the first traffic light turn left onto Greenhurst. At the next traffic light turn left onto Bower Hill Road to the hospital.

From The West Take the Parkway (Route 22-30, also 279) to I-79 South. Take I-79 South to Exit 55 (Heidelberg / Kirwan Heights). At the traffic light turn right onto Route 50. Immediately get in the left hand lane and turn left at first traffic light onto Vanadium Road. Follow Vanadium (approximately 1 l/2 miles) to the first traffic light and turn left onto Bower Hill Road. St. Clair Hospital is on the left at 1000 Bower Hill Road.


PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
Numbers don't lie. Waist size 62 down to a 38 (and almost into a 36). Shirt size 5-6x down to a XXL. I've lost 208 pounds in less than a year. Had someone told me this last summer when I was 470 pounds and struggled to put shoes on, I would have laughed in your face.

I had tried every diet under the sun. Every one of them. Not a single one of them proved successful. I tried exercising. I tried everything. I was spiraling out of control. My portions were enormous. A Double-quarter pounder sandwich, TWO large fries, and TWO double cheeseburgers and a large Coke were the norm on a trip to McDonald's. A DiGiorno's pizza with a bag of shredded cheese on top was a meal, not to mention snacking while it was cooking.

To even think of those portions or that type of food today, however, makes me absolutely disgusted. Not only can I not eat that food, I won't.

In 2007, I had enough. As a truck driver, I was encountering trucks that I could not fit into. I was at the lowest point I had ever been. I kicked smoking in 2006, I quit dipping snuff in 2007, and quit sugar and carbonated drinks in 2008. In 2008, I was up to 12-24 cans of diet pop per day.

Something had to give. I made the decision that, after years of trying (and a lot of failing) I could not lose the weight on my own. I contacted Hope Bariatrics, desperate and scared. I figured if I could give up my addiction to caffeine, sugar, and fatty foods, I could do it for a lifetime. Enough was enough; there were people who weighed LESS than I did who died of a heart attack! The thought of my wife having to put me in a supersized coffin or being removed from my house by a crane was NOT what I wanted my final memory to be. What did I have to lose? Everything else failed, and I must admit I was a tad scared this may fail too. I had my share of advice from people and know-it-alls...Many people may say that surgery is the "easy" way out. Those are the same people who don't struggle with weight!

After the hoop jumping process my insurance company requires, I was scheduled for surgery. I was eating low fat foods, but still big portions. I was drinking 1-2 gallons of water a day. Every day. August 12, 2008 was the moment God and Dr. Felix and his staff gave me a new life. They enabled me to start over. Dr. Felix was my personal miracle worker. I literally owe my life to Dr. Felix and the Hope Bariatrics staff. EVERYONE at Hope Bariatrics treated me like gold from day one. I didn't get the "MY God he's huge" stares from anyone on the staff. No one talked down to me. No one made me feel bad about being 30 pounds shy of 500 pounds. Cindy is just as nice to me at 260 pounds as she was when I was 470. I love the staff!!! I can't say enough good things about them!!!

At almost one year post-op, I am often asked if I would do it again. Yes. Without hesitation I would. I went from 470 pounds to 260 pounds in less than a year. It is a lifelong commitment. Even at a year out, I am often asked if I miss junk food like pizza and McDonald's. Simply, no. I don't. The smell of McDonald's nauseates me now (seriously). Do I miss the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants? No. Do I miss the pop? The tobacco? The caffeine? No. Not at all. I still am able to eat the good things, just in small quantities. There is a wonderful variety of no sugar added or sugar free "sweets" I had never noticed before while buying Oreos and sugared ice cream.....As for fast and processed foods? No way. I don't eat them. If I can succeed, anyone can!

Thank you to everyone at Hope Bariatrics for giving me my life back. With all of my heart, thank you all so much for everything.
 

- Bill



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