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Weight Management Center

The Excela Health Weight Management Center is a fully staffed comprehensive team of healthcare professionals from disciplines devoted to helping you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Center at Excela Health has been designated a MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications. We utilize weight loss methods that are proven through evidence-based medicine. Each method is medically supervised to provide the safest, most effective weight loss solution available. We provide education and counseling in both group and individual settings for nutrition, behavior modification, emotional readiness and fitness. Our physicians understand the complex reasons that can cause a weight problem and our comprehensive program is ready to help create an individualized plan for your success, making your steps to a healthier life clearer, simpler and easier.

The Excela Health Weight Management Center has both surgical and non-surgical options to help you reach your goals. Our staff are here to support and help you achieve your unique goals and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Weight Loss Options

Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)

Every person is different with their own unique story, goals and challenges. We work first to understand your needs and then find the best weight loss approach for you. Our patients share their own stories to help others understand the difference weight loss surgery can make.

To learn if a surgical procedure may be right for you, take our online seminar. During the seminar, you will learn about the different bariatric procedures we offer, the surgeons who perform them, and the lifestyle changes that come with surgery.

Obesity Medicine Program (Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program)

Some patients may not qualify for bariatric surgery or would like to explore non-surgical options first. This 6-month program utilizes anti-obesity medications, dietary education, and exercise counseling to assist patients with losing weight. This program has a limited number of spots. If you are interested, please call 724-850-3142 for more information.

Ideal Protein (Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program)

Ideal Protein is a medically developed, ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol designed to help change your body and your mindset. Through a three phase nutrition protocol, you will reset your lifestyle gradually. The first phase, weight loss, will restrict carbohydrate intake and optimize fat loss. Phase two, stabilization, will adjust the intake of protein, fats and carbs to manage hunger and maintain weight loss. Phase three, the maintenance phase, will allow you to continue to receive education and support to maintain your healthy weight and lifestyle. To learn more about the Ideal Protein program and to participate in our virtual information session, please contact the Weight Management Center at 724-850-3142. Already attended a session and ready to get started? Bring a completed health profile to your consultation.

Start your journey back to a normal, healthier life, the life you’ve always wanted.

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FREE Online Seminar

Excela Health Bariatrics Education


If body weight has become unmanageable, even after diet and exercise, the Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Center can help. Take the first step toward changing your life and attend our free online seminar!

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It's Not Just What You Lose ... It's What You Gain

Steve Smith

Steve Smith took a leap and underwent bariatric surgery through the Excela Health Weight Management Center. His journey to weight loss not only impacted his physical health but his mental and emotional state and relationships with his family and those around him.

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Excela Health-e-Minutes with Dr. Zelkovic

Excela Health-e-Minutes with Dr. Zelkovic

The bariatric surgeons at Excela Health are performing minimally invasive weight loss surgeries. In as little as two days patients are going from the operating room to home.

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"I would recommend it to anybody. Not only the losing of weight to makes you healthier, more fit and able to enjoy your life better do things that you couldn't do. I would very much like to thank the team at Excela Health for helping me with my surgery." - Coach Roy Hall.

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Awards and Accolades


Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital is ranked #1 in market for medical excellence in bariatric surgery in 2017. Excela's bariatric program has the highest national ranking among the hospitals in our market, one that includes western Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia. Our bariatric patients can be assured that our bariatric surgical program has met and exceeded quality standards that includes process of care, mortality, complications, inpatient quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction above and beyond other hospitals/health systems in the designated geographic region.

Excela Health is proud to be recognized for its commitment to excellence in bariatric surgery by the following organizations.


MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications
The Bariatric Surgery Center at Excela Health has been designated a MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications. MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, working to advance safe, high quality care for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during in which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.


Aetna Institute of Quality® The Bariatric Surgery Center at Excela Health has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals with obesity. Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care; clinical quality, and cost efficiency.

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Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery® The Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Center is one of the first health care facilities in the nation to receive the Blue Distinction Center+ designation for Bariatric Surgery® by the Blue Distinction® Centers Specialty Care Program. Blue Distinction® Centers are nationally designated facilities shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective measures, developed with input from the medical community; for patient safety, and better health outcomes. To receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, Excela Health demonstrated success in meeting patient safety as well as bariatric-specific quality measures and cost efficiency.

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