Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute celebrates expanded facility

Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute celebrates expanded facility

Patients embarking on their weight loss journey will find more comfortable surroundings after an expansion of the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute that has doubled its size.

The expansion was celebrated with a blessing and dedication on June 7 at the facility at Franciscan Health Dyer. Dr. Keith Reich, DO, executive director of Franciscan Physician Network, Northern Indiana, called it “a step toward the future for both our patients, as well as those providing the care”

The expansion features more exam rooms and a larger waiting room for patients. It also includes the addition of two bariatric exam tables that are more comfortable and safer for patients.

“Our patients are already voicing their appreciation of the expanded space and seating,” said Clinical Nurse Manager Millie Sasaki, RN, BSN. She points out a new classroom area as a key part of the comprehensive approach at Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute, which provides dietitians, psychologists and support groups that aid in the lifestyle change that comes along with weight-loss surgery.

“This expansion is just another example of the dedication, the support the hospital has given us throughout the years,” said Dr. Gerald Cahill, MD, bariatric surgeon and medical director of the institute. “We’ve had growth every year since we started, and now the hope is that adding more space is going to give us even a better opportunity to grow.”

The Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute is located at Franciscan Health Dyer, 24 Joliet Street. For more information or to schedule an appointment go online at or call (219) 852-2518.