January 6, 2017

Program Created by HMR and Offered at CHI St. Joseph Health Ranked No. 1 for Fast Weight-Loss by U.S. News and World Report

Highly-Structured Diet and Lifestyle Change Program Aims to Help Those with Weight-Loss Goals Get There Faster in the New Year

Bryan, Texas, January 6, 2017 – A weight loss program offered at CHI St. Joseph Health and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has just been ranked the No. 1 “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” in the 2017 Best Diets rankings released yesterday by U.S. News & World Report. It’s the second year in a row that HMR has earned the top spot in the category, which was added to the annual rankings list last year.

CHI St. Joseph Health began offering the HMR Program in 2016.

“HMR’s highly structured diet and lifestyle change program is designed to help people lose weight quickly while learning the skills they need to keep it off,” said David Damian, M.D., medical director for the HMR Weight Management program at CHI St. Joseph Health. “Fast weight loss without lifestyle change isn’t sustainable. Through the HMR Program here at CHI St. Joseph, people learn realistic ways to incorporate new healthy behaviors into their everyday lives.”

Get There Faster

HMR programs achieve fast weight loss in a livable way by encouraging people to eat more and stay satisfied, which makes it easier to stick to the program in the short-term, and over the long haul. Users of the program can lose up to two pounds a week on this plan. Since May 2016, when CHI St. Joseph Health began offering the program, participants lost an average of 28 pounds over a 12 week period.

HMR focuses on three skill areas critical for weight-loss and weight maintenance: 1. How to make healthier food choices; 2. How to eat more fruits and vegetables; and, 3. How to increase physical activity. Research has shown that practicing these skills may also help reduce the risk factors for the development of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and other chronic diseases.

A common misconception is that losing weight quickly is not healthy or sustainable, and will just lead to future weight re-gain. However, numerous clinical studies, including those reported in two recent articles, demonstrate that fast weight loss is just as effective as slow weight loss when it comes to maintaining weight over the long term.

  • An article in the New England Journal of Medicine (2013) reviewed several myths about obesity, including the advantages of gradual weight-loss over rapid weight-loss for long-term success. Based upon their review of the data, the authors concluded that compared to slow weight loss, greater and faster initial weight loss is associated with similar weight loss at the end of long-term follow-up. Further, the recommendation to lose weight “gradually” might interfere with the ultimate success of some weight-loss efforts.
  • Results from a weight-loss study of more than 200 people published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2014) showed 81 percent of the rapid weight loss group achieved their target weight loss compared to 50 percent in the gradual weight-loss group, with no significant differences in weight regain. These results indicate that rapid weight-loss does not put individuals at risk for greater weight regain.  Furthermore, more rapid weight loss may motivate some individuals to stick with their diet and achieve better results long term.

The U.S. News & World Report Ranking Process

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of 38 diets. A panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets on their effectiveness.

To learn more about this program, call 979.690.4473 or visit CHIStJoseph.org and search “weight loss.”

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About CHI St. Joseph Health

Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit CHIStJoseph.org.

 

About HMR Weight Management Services Corp. (HMR)

HMR Weight Management Services (HMR), part of Merck’s Healthcare Services and Solutions business unit, specializes in improving the healthcare experience for patients, providers, and payers. HMR programs, available in person or at home, offer lifestyle education, a structured diet and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management. Since 1983, HMR programs have been available in hospitals, clinics, and medical centers across the country. For more information, visit www.hmrprogram.com.

 

 

 

December 21, 2016

CHI St. Joseph Health Named Trauma Facility of the Year

(Bryan, TX) CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital was awarded the Designated Trauma Facility of the Year for 2016 by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Office of Emergency Management Services and Trauma Systems Coordination.

This award, given to only one trauma facility in the state of Texas each year, is awarded through a nomination process.  It is a strenuous review system by the governing bodies of Trauma programs for the state. Facilities across Texas are nominated annually with an explanation as to why the facility should receive the award. Through the assessment process, evaluators look at the program as a whole, including capabilities, the area and population they serve and much more.

As a Level II Trauma Center, CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital cares for patients who suffer from major traumatic injuries due to motor vehicle and ATV crashes, gunshot wounds, injuries due to falling, and other catastrophic injuries. A major goal of the Trauma Center at CHI St. Joseph Health is to care for our patients from their arrival, through their follow-up care, without having to transfer the patient to another facility for a higher level of care. All of this high level care can be done in Bryan. In fact, for 2016 to date, only five percent of emergency and trauma visits were transferred to another facility for a higher level of care.

Our Trauma Center is the only one in the region backed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, by Trauma surgeons who have fellowship training in trauma and critical care. We have surgical expertise in Trauma to include dedicated orthopedic traumatologists and an outpatient fracture clinic. Our list of specialists includes neurosurgery, general and robotic surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, radiology, critical care, and more. Operating room staff, including anesthesia, is in the hospital 24/7 and always on standby to care for our patients. Additionally, Regional Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke and an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Joint Commission. Our Trauma Center is always ready, covering over 20 counties.

 

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About CHI St. Joseph Health

Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit CHIStjoseph.org.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI is a faith-based system that operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services. For more information, visit CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.