SOURCE: Southern Surgical Hospital

October 15, 2008 15:32 ET

Southern Surgical Hospital to Present Slidell Memorial Hospital With Grant From Walk from Obesity

SLIDELL, LA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - Southern Surgical Hospital, an annual sponsor of The Walk from Obesity, will present Slidell Memorial Hospital with a $5,000 grant on Saturday, November 8, 2008 to benefit their Fit as a Firefighter camp. The presentation will occur at 10:30am at Southern Surgical Hospital located at 1700 Lindberg Drive, Slidell, Louisiana.

The $5,000 grant is part of 10 (ten) $5,000 grants allotted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation to cities who sponsor The Walk from Obesity.

"As a Walk leader, I was made aware of the grant opportunity and began searching for a worthy recipient in our community," stated Kim Mulkey, RN, CBN. "Slidell Memorial Hospital's 'Fit as a Firefighter' camp was a perfect fit."

Southern Surgical Hospital (SSH) will be hosting the Slidell area's 3rd annual Walk from Obesity Saturday, November 8, 2008. The Walk will begin at 8:30am and will end at approximately 11:00am.

"Southern Surgical Hospital is committed to being a great community partner," said Michael Pisciotta, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Surgical Hospital. "Our annual participation in The Walk from Obesity is just one of the many community activities our hospital and team members participate in."

The Walk from Obesity was established to give hope to those needing it most. Walkers raise money by asking friends, family and co-workers to sponsor them. In addition to walker income, funds are raised through sponsorship, matching gifts, corporate contributions and other fundraising activities. For more information regarding The Walk from Obesity visit their website at www.walkfromobesity.com or contact Kim Mulkey at (985)661-2172.

About Southern Surgical Hospital

Southern Surgical Hospital (SSH) is a multi-specialty, 63,538-square-foot short-stay hospital located in Slidell, Louisiana. The hospital houses six operating suites, one pain treatment room, a procedure room; two sleep lab beds, 32 inpatient beds, and five ICU beds. SSH also provides diagnostic imaging services including: CT, EKG, Fluoroscopy, MRI, Ultrasound, and routine radiology. SSH hospital is owned and operated by physicians in partnership with Cirrus Health.

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