Every patient must attend at least one support group meeting before having Bariatric Surgery. We recommend that you get involved in a support group as soon as possible.
We encourage patients to attend the support group meetings held prior to surgery because these are held by medical staff that can answer many of your medical questions. When you attend a support group, make sure to have your Support Group Form signed at the meeting and return it to the New Life office.
Your are encourage to also attend Support Groups after your surgery. It’s a great way to stay on track and connect with others who are on the same weight loss journey!
The Support Groups are held the 3rd and 4th Mondays of each month in the Dogwood Classroom of Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Enter via the Surgery Entrance. Space is limited, so please call (865) 374-7275 to register. Masks are required!
Bariatric Support Groups
- The Parkwest Medical Center Group meets on the 3rd and 4th Mondays of each month from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the Dogwood Classrooms of Parkwest Medical Center located at 9352 Park West Blvd., Knoxville, TN, 37923.
- The Maryville Support Group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Blount County Public Library Study Room A from 10:00-11:00 am EST.
- The Jefferson City Support Group meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm in the Main Classroom on the ground floor of Jefferson Memorial Hospital.
Directions to the Parkwest Medical Center Support Groups
The Support Groups are held in the Dogwood Classrooms of Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Parkwest is located off I-40 exit 378A-378B. Take Cedar Bluff Road North to Park West Blvd at 9352 Parkwest Blvd., 37923. Enter the hospital via the Surgery Entrance.
Directions to the Maryville Support Group
From Knoxville, take Pellissippi Parkway (I-140 E) toward Maryville. Take exit 11A to merge onto Alcoa Highway (US-129 South). Continue for 3.5 miles and make a slight left onto N Hall Road. In 2 miles, turn Right onto Gill Street. At the intersection with S Calderwood Street, turn Left. S Calderwood Street will become N Cusick Street. The Blount County Library will be on your left. The physical address for the library is 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville 37804. The group will meet in Study Room A.
Directions to the Jefferson City Support Group
From Knoxville: I-40 East to 11E North/25W – Asheville Highway, Exit 394. Turn left under the overpass, go approximately 27 miles to Jefferson City. Hospital is on the right, just as you enter the Jefferson City limits. From Asheville: 1-40 West to Exit 417, Highway 92. Turn on Hwy 92 toward Jefferson City. Go approximately 7 miles into Jefferson City. At the traffic light, make a left onto 11E South. Go past First Peoples Bank on the right and Jefferson Elementary and Middle School on the left. Hospital is on the hill to the left, just past the schools and the Farrar Funeral Home. From Morristown: Take Andrew Johnson Highway South (11E South) approximately 12 miles to Jefferson City. Go all the way through town, pass the elementary and middle school on the left. Hospital is on the hill to the left, just past the schools and the Farrar Funeral Home. From Sevierville: 1-40 East to Exit 417, Highway 92 toward Jefferson City. Go approximately 7 miles into Jefferson City. At the traffic light, make a left onto 11E South. Go past First Peoples Bank on the right and Jefferson Elementary and Middle School on the left. Hospital is on the hill to the left, just past the schools and the Farrar Funeral Home.