Patients who once had to drive two counties away for bariatric surgery and services can now find weight loss assistance closer to home in LaPorte County. Franciscan Health Michigan City has opened a bariatric services office at Woodland Health Center, 8865 West 400 N. Suite 125 in Michigan City. The office will provide treatment and support for patients before and after their weight loss surgery, which can be done at Franciscan Health Michigan City. The staff includes bariatric surgeons Dr. Thomas Shin, MD, FACS, who is bariatric program medical director, and Dr. Sandra Wischmeyer, DO. Both are independent physicians who choose to practice at Franciscan Health. A full complement of registered dietitians and registered nurses are also available to assist patients on their journey to better health. Dr. Wischmeyer says they recommend patients to initially go to a bariatric seminar to learn why the surgical program is the best way to lose weight. Then the patient can make an appointment with one of the surgeons in the clinic for a consultation. The next bariatric services seminar is at 1PM, Sunday, Jan. 19 at Franciscan Health Michigan City in the Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel Community Room. Dr. Shin encourages people struggling with weight loss to come to the seminar to ask questions and learn more about bariatric surgery. For more information about Franciscan Health Michigan City bariatric services, call (219) 214-4401, or go online at and search for bariatric services.