Updated Visitation Policy (8/11)

Effective October 14, 2021 at 7:00 AM, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Non-COVID inpatients are now allowed two nonrotating support person during the day. Read the full policy for details here.

Bariatric Surgery Center Alabama

Bariatric Accreditation Program SealBluecross blueshield of Alabama, bluedistiction centerAt RMC Health System, we understand how challenging weight loss can be. In Alabama, more than a third of residents are considered obese. In Calhoun County alone, almost 40 percent of residents are considered obese and that percentage increases year after year.

We know it’s never too late to take control. RMC Health System’s Stringfellow Memorial Hospital campus is a Comprehensive Bariatrics Center accredited by the MBSAQIP, as well as a BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama Designated Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, that offers proven solutions and compassionate support when traditional options haven’t worked. Like other men and women we have helped, we are here to help you enjoy your own life-changing success.


Personalized Care to Help You Feel and Live Your Best

Our bariatric surgery program includes a team of trained surgeons and a staff to meet your pre- and post-operative needs.

Of course, our support doesn’t end when your procedure does. Weight loss surgery is a lifelong commitment, and you can find peace of mind knowing that follow-up care is always close to home. The Bariatric Surgery Center at Stringfellow provides education and support to encourage and empower you through every step of your weight loss journey.

Lasting Success Starts Here – Schedule Your Personal Consultation

If you are ready to start your weight loss journey and would like more information about Bariatric Surgery, please contact our Bariatric Coordinator at (256) 235-8904.

Bariatric Zoom Meetings: 4th Tuesday, Every Other Month



The Zoom meeting is scheduled for the 4th Tuesday every other month at 5pm, as follows:

  • February 26th
  • April 27th
  • June 29th
  • August 24th
  • October 26th
  • December 28th

Meeting Information (remains the same every 4th Tuesday of the month at 5pm)

Permanent Meeting link:                     https://zoom.us/j/98583408875?pwd=dWlQSURNU05zcmVydG1Mb3lydDQ3QT09

One tap mobile:  +13126266799,,98583408875#  US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 985 8340 8875

Passcode: 237803

View Past Bariatric Webinars Here

Past webinars are available on Youtube

An effective weight-loss option

Losing weight can be extremely difficult, and for people who have 100 pounds or more to lose, it can be even more challenging. For some, weight-loss surgery may offer a solution where other methods have failed. Bariatric surgery can be life transforming, offering individuals an opportunity to lead a more active and satisfying life.

Bariatric surgery options

Stringfellow Memorial’s bariatric surgery program provides education and support that begins before surgery and extends through recovery to ensure individuals are set up for success. Our bariatric surgery program includes nutrition and fitness education to provide individuals with the tools they need to maintain long-term weight loss. Stringfellow Memorial’s experienced surgeons specialize in bariatric surgery, and offer proven weight-loss techniques such as:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy – The sleeve gastrectomy is an innovative surgical solution for people who are morbidly obese, defined as having a body mass index over 40. In this procedure, the stomach is permanently reduced to 10-15% of its original size by removing a section of the stomach leaving a tube shape, which is sealed closed with staples. Performed with minimally-invasive laparoscopy, the sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the vertical gastrectomy, is a permanent weight loss solution. It has several advantages over other bariatric weight loss options.
  • Gastric bypass – There are several types of procedures that are used, but all of them bypass part of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients. Bypass techniques involve stapling off an area of the stomach to create a smaller pouch or surgically removing part of the stomach, both of which create a smaller stomach area.
  • Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding – A less-invasive procedure that places a device around the upper part of the stomach to help you feel full sooner and longer. It’s a healthy way to lose a significant amount of weight and enjoy long-term results. Surgeons can easily change the diameter of the band to meet weight-loss needs, and the procedure is also reversible. This technique offers less pain and trauma, and a quicker recovery than traditional weight-loss surgery methods.

Stringfellow Memorial is a Comprehensive Bariatrics Center accredited by the MBSAQIP

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

To earn this designation, Stringfellow Memorial and the Anniston General Surgery Center underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.

Find out if bariatric surgery is right for you

Dr. Clifford Black,  Dr. Lei Liu and Dr. Peter Jernigan are Comprehensive Bariatrics Center Physicians.

*Weight loss surgery:  Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery.