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 since most only meet once per month.
We encourage patients to attend the support group meetings held at Parkwest Medical Center or Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center prior to surgery, because these are held by medical staff, and 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 office.
We also encourage you to attend Support Groups after surgery. It’s a great way to stay on track and connect with others who are on the same weight loss journey.
Bariatric Support Groups
- The Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center from 6:00-7:00 pm EST in the Conference Room located on the main floor of the Women’s Pavilion.
- 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 Turkey Creek Medical Center Support Groups
The Turkey Creek Medical Center campus is located in the Turkey Creek Development beside the Wal-Mart Supercenter in West Knoxville. From I-40, take the Lovell Road exit (#374), head south to Parkside Drive and turn right. The campus is a quarter mile to your left. There is ground level parking at the Women’s Pavilion. Park and enter through the doors marked Women’s Pavilion entrance. The Conference Room is located on the right directly off the main lobby.
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.