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St. Luke’s Weight Management Hosts 10th Annual Fashion Show of Bariatric Patients
April 16, 2018

Twenty-Six Weight Loss Patients Have Collectively Lost 1.5 Tons


Twenty-six patients will strut the runway in the latest spring fashions in new healthy figures made possible by bariatric (weight loss) surgery, a lot of support and drastic lifestyle changes. These models never imagined that they would be able to wear stylish clothes that fit beautifully or feel comfortable modeling in front of an audience when they were clinically obese just a few short months ago.

But, on April 18th, they will! The 26 models were patients suffering with obesity and who may have also had diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea and orthopedic pain and injuries. They all share a commonality—their lives have been forever changed by weight loss surgery at St. Luke’s.  All together, they have lost more than 1.5 TONS of body weight and have recovered from many of their former health issues.


7-8:30 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

(For interviews and photos with patient models, please arrive by 6:50 pm and meet Karen Boksan in the front entrance)


Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium

1533 W. Hamilton Street

Allentown, PA

Bariatric surgery is life-changing. Patients successfully lose weight, gain confidence and enjoy healthier, fuller and more active lives. As the scale shows the measurable loss of weight, the patient’s quality of life—both physical and emotional—improves. The joy that this transformation brings to each person cannot be measured on a scale, but can be seen and felt at this inspiring annual event.

Featured Local Participants Include:

Heather Ames, Bath, PA

Alicia Balliet, Allentown, PA

Christopher Banko, Bethlehem, PA

Eva Burkhart, Bethlehem , PA

Deb Caplette, Easton, PA

Hope Christman, Saylorsburg, PA

Barbara Claypool, Allentown, PA

Tyler Dolph, East Stroudsburg, PA

Barbara Elerby, Whitehall, PA

Deborah Frace, Tatamy, PA

Olwen Hollock, Macungie, PA

Jennifer Kelly, Auburn, PA

Matthew Liddic, Effort PA

Shavonne Liddic, Effort PA

Kevin Looney, Telford, PA

Pam Manogue, Lehighton, PA

Ingrid Marshall, Stroudsburg, PA

Johnette Michaels, Emmaus, PA

Jason Nicholas, Slatington, PA

Robin Rothermel, Blendon, PA

Stacy Rowe, Whitehall, PA

Jarvis Schaffer, Bethlehem, PA

Michelle Stoneback, Roseto, PA

Donna Waltz, Kunkletown, PA

Marcia Young, Bethlehem, PA


Media Contact:

Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue of $1.9 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018.  It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.