Make a Referral


The Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute is committed to your weight loss success. Take control and partner with experience. Make a referral to the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute today.


Bariatric services include:

  • Bariatric surgery: Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, Lap-Band and Realize Band surgeries. Recommended for patients with a BMI of 40 or higher, or patients with a BMI of 35 and higher with co-morbidities, such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and arthritis.
  • Medically supervised weight loss: One-on-one bariatric physician consultation, healthy eating and behavioral counseling. Recommended for patients for whom surgical weight loss is not an option.
  • Support groups
  • Exercise through Omni Health & Fitness
  • Individual consultation on exercise, nutrition or behavior management for weight loss


To be a bariatric surgery candidate, patients should:


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be at least 100 pounds overweight.
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 40 with co-morbidities, or a BMI of 40 or greater.
  • Not suffer from uncontrolled psychosocial or medical problems that would increase risk during surgery.
  • Be unable to lose weight through other methods.


If the patient is a good candidate, please ensure that:


  • The patient calls the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute at (219) 852-2518 to determine insurance and alternative payment options.
  • The patient has attempted to lose weight through other methods for at least six months.


Referral options:

  1. Ask your patient to call the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute at (219) 852-2518 to schedule an appointment.
  2. Patients can Pre-Register Online.
  3. Contact the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute and provide patient’s
    1. date of birth
    2. height
    3. weight
    4. BMI
    5. physician address and telephone number
    6. contact information
      If the patient has not called the Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute within five business days, a representative from the center will call the patient.