Support Groups

Bariatric Surgery Support Groups

These groups provide ongoing support and information for Group Health members who have been approved for bariatric surgery and for those who have had the weight-loss surgery.

You must be a Group Health member to attend; there is no fee. Contact the social worker listed with each group to confirm dates and times. Groups are open to all past and approved bariatric patients, unless otherwise noted.

If you want program information or help finding a group, call Julie Grimm, RN, at 425-502-3454.


Bellevue Medical Center
Two support groups meet at Bellevue:

"Back on Track"
For patients who are at least 2-years post-op and struggling with weight loss or weight maintenance.
Fridays, 9-11 a.m. Next meetings: April 4, May 2, June 6.
Interested? E-mail us at bariatricpatients@ghc.org with your name, surgery date, and how to contact you.


General support group — room E101-105
3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Contact: Julie Grimm, 425-502-3454

Everett Medical Center
4th Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
Level 2, conference rooms C, D, E
Contact: Valerie Morgan, 206-619-7264, svmorgan2@comcast.net
or Le Anne Cooper, 425-771-9258, lahcooper@comcast.net

Federal Way Medical Center
1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30-9 p.m.
Conference room 2
Contact: Judy Line, 253-651-3286

Olympia Medical Center
2nd Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
2nd floor conference room
Contact: Cathy Nichols, 360-754-6818, catydid4@comcast.net

Seattle — Capitol Hill Campus
2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.
South Building, Room A1
Contact: Phil Hasenkamp, 206-947-1977, phil.hasenkamp@comcast.net or
Caroline Marsh, 206-364-0908, carolineamarsh@comcast.net

Silverdale Medical Center
3rd Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Main entrance conference room
Contact: Theresa Adams, 360-710-5673, tadams@wavecable.com
or Vicki Ramsey, tigirl77@msn.com

Tacoma Medical Center
4th Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
1st floor, Rooms 2 and 3
Contact: Toni Franklin at 253-383-6199



Bariatric Surgery Center Honored for High-Quality Care

Bariatric Surgery at Group Health
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has named Group Health a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. This honor is for weight-loss surgery programs with a track record of success.

Patient Story

Active Life Following Bariatric Surgery
Many of Jim LovellFord's longtime health issues resolved after he joined Group Health and underwent bariatric surgery.