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
I have struggled with obesity for over fourteen years. I tried Weight Watchers, Optimum Weight Loss Center, Weight Loss programs with professionals, exercise programs, being hypnotized, Bible studies wanting to help people lose weight, the whole gamut. I felt like this struggle would never end. I HAVE to eat in order to survive but the feeling of being out of control when it came to food was never ending.

It wasn't until I walked into an introductory seminar for bariatrics in January 2014 that I truly found HOPE! As I sat and listened to the information being presented, I felt an excitement rising inside of me. HOPE Bariatrics was going to be my lifeline. I started making the appointments necessary to begin this process. I wasn't sure if I would qualify for this program, but I was going for it. As I began to go through the check list and six months of doctor visits, I grew more and more excited about it. I began going to the support group meetings and hearing the stories of others who had bypass surgery. I knew that this wasn't going to be a walk in the park, but I was ready.

It was at one of the support group meetings that I found out that a friend from church was also on this journey to have surgery. It was wonderful to have someone to go through this with. We found out that we were both approved through our insurance and a date was set. The SAME date, we would have surgery on the same day and share a room in the hospital together. Only God could work out something like that! The surgery went well and recovery was difficult, but every day I felt a little better. I had a whole new way of eating, drinking, taking vitamins and exercising. I needed to set alarms on my phone to remind me to take vitamins. I was now looking at labels to check for the amount of sugar, calories and protein. I needed be eating/drinking 60-80 grams of protein a day to help with the burning of fat.

With the support of those from HOPE Bariatrics, family, friends and those who have had the surgery, I have come a long way. I am one year out from my procedure and have gone down 14 sizes and 90 pounds. I have so much more energy and I feel better. I actually look forward to exercising and showing my kids that I can water/snow ski. I enjoy jumping on the trampoline and being active with them.

I know that I still have to follow the program and watch what and how much I eat. This will have to continue for the rest of my life, but it's worth it. I don't ever want to be obese again! If you are reading this and wondering if this is something you should do, I say, YES, DO IT! The only regret that I have is that I didn't do it years ago.
 

- Kristan



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