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WellStar Kennestone Hospital

WellStar Kennestone Hospital is one of the top hospitals in Georgia. It is a perennial "Top 100" hospital in the US. It is part of one of the top integrated health systems in the US, WellStar. WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services at Kennestone is the sole provider of bariatric surgery in the WellStar system.

Kennestone Hospital has more than 650 beds, and the Emergency Room ranks as the busiest in the state of Georgia for adult visits. We have a dedicated floor for our bariatric patients, with nursing and support staff who are trained in the care of bariatric surgery patients.

Kennestone is especially well known for minimally-invasive surgery, and the city of Marietta itself has a place in the history of minimally-invasive surgery. The first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the US was performed on June 22, 1988 in a small building that still stands across the street from Kennestone Hospital. Since that time Marietta has been synonymous with cutting edge minimally-invasive surgery. Kennestone Hospital from across Church Street

Today there are many surgeons at Kennestone who are leaders in their fields, and who regularly teach other surgeons and present their techniques at national and international meetings.

Kennestone Hallway Display Kennestone has a long and rich history and a strong relationship with the local community. WellStar is very active in sponsoring various events and endeavors around the area.

Kennestone Entrance Lobby Kennestone Hospital has been growing rapidly in the past 15 years. Additions have included a Women's Center, a new OR, a new wing that houses our Cardiac Surgery OR and recovery units, a new Outpatient Surgery Pavilion, as well as many other upgrades and modernizations which are always in progress. Another new wing is currently under construction that will further expand and upgrade the capabilities and facilities of the hospital.

Kennestone Entrance Lobby The new Main Entrance Lobby, pictured to the right and in the picture just above, is another one of the beautiful additions that have been made to the hospital in recent years. This Lobby allows a greatly improved ease of getting in and out of the hospital for patients and families, with a large circular drive for drop-off and pick-up.

Kennestone Entrance Lobby WellStar is a vibrant and strong health system, always working to enhance and improve care for our patients. We believe you will receive the safest and highest quality care at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Kennestone Entrance Lobby We have a hospital ward that is designated for our bariatric patients. Our nurses have training in the care of bariatric patients. We are proud to have achieved and maintained the Center of Excellence designation from the SRC and the ASMBS since 2005.

We make every effort to maintain the highest standards possible in the care of our bariatric surgery patients. We also try to make the experience of having surgery here as smooth and comfortable as possible for you and for your loved ones.

The future is bright for Kennestone Hospital, as it continues to grow and attract more expertise in ever more diverse fields of minimally-invasive surgery. We have the utmost confidence in our hospital as being able to provide the first class care our patients require.

You may call or email our office for more information about our program and travel to Atlanta for bariatric surgery.

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Advanced Obesity Surgery
A Certified Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
55 Whitcher Street, Suite 410
Marietta, Georgia, USA