Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 2, 2014
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager  

Fashion Show Features Weight Loss Surgery Success Stories

The Center for Bariatrics at Southern Ocean Medical Center Celebrates patient accomplishments  

Manahawkin - The Center for Bariatrics at Southern Ocean Medical Center recently hosted their first Bariatric Fashion Show to highlight the amazing transformations and success stories of patients and their personal journeys.

Over 100 patients and family members attended the event. Eighteen patients volunteered to be models and share their weight loss stories, each taking a turn on the runway.  Bariatric surgeon Jonathan Reich, M.D. served as master of ceremonies for the event, and spoke about each patient’s accomplishments. The total combined weight loss for the 18 models involved was 2,542 pounds.

Local businesses supported the event by loaning clothing, accessories and donating door-prizes.  In addition to the physical transformation that the models have undergone as part of their surgery, they prepared for their runway appearance with help from other bariatric patients who provided hair and makeup services. Some patients also donated DJ, photography, and videography services to make the night a true celebration.
The Center for Bariatrics at Southern Ocean Medical Center opened in 2009 and is the only Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in Ocean county. As one of the most comprehensive programs in the region, it offers free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. The Center is led by medical director Karl Strom, M.D., who has extensive experience in performing bariatric surgical procedures. Surgeons Jonathan Reich, M.D., Silvia Fresco, M.D., and Joseph Barbalinardo, M.D., complete the panel of physicians who perform these life-altering procedures. To learn more about Southern Ocean’s Center for Bariatrics, call 609-978-3202.

About Southern Ocean Medical Center
Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin is a member of the Meridian Health family, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and most recently, BayshoreCommunity Hospital in Holmdel. Southern Ocean Medical Center is home to a wide range of clinical services and programs specializing in cardiovascular and stroke care, maternity and women's health, orthopedics and joint health, bariatric surgery, and wellness and prevention programs.  Part of Meridian Cancer Care, Southern Ocean Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services, including radiation oncology, surgery, and clinical trials, and is connected to specialized programs and services throughout Meridian Health. For more information, visit or call 1-800-DOCTORS.