A physician referral is required.
Your child must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to the 85th percentile or have experienced rapid weight gain crossing percentiles.
Increased BMI can increase an individual’s risk of adult-type health problems, such as sleep apnea, hypertension, fatty liver disease and diabetes. To calculate your child’s BMI, go to https://nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/Calculator.aspx/.
New Impact is the initial point of referral for the majority of patients up to 18 years old who are obese, overweight or crossing weight percentiles, including patients who may be interested in pursuing bariatric intervention with the Prisma Health Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program (a surgical weight-loss program for teens ages 14-17).
New Impact works closely with Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Nephrology to optimally manage patients and their co-morbidities.
Call (864) 522-2100 for more information.
At Prisma Health Weight Management Institute, New Impact is the first step for adolescents who are interested in surgical weight loss. Choosing to have weight-loss surgery is a life-changing decision.
A: Most families complete the program within 6 months, but we individualize New Impact to meet each family’s needs. Patients who are interested in surgical weight management may be followed for a longer period of time.
A: At your intake visit, you will meet with our pediatrician for medical clearance and with the dietitian for nutrition education and goal setting. Families will receive information about starting at one of our YMCA partners. Screening labs should be ordered by the referring physician and be completed before your initial visit. If for any reason you are not ready to begin our program, we will help you to create an alternative plan.
A: All patients receive a comprehensive medical evaluation at their initial visit. The New Impact treatment phase varies in length and services depending on individual needs, but families typically complete the program in 6 months. You will meet with the New Impact dietitian for up to 6 visits and a YMCA wellness coach for 4-5 visits. You will follow up with our physicians as needed after the initial consultation. Healthy goals will be individualized for your child and family.
A: Yes. A physician referral is required.
A: Please bring your insurance card to your first visit. Screening labs (Lipids, HgbA1C, and CMP) should be completed prior to your first visit, unless you have already had this same bloodwork completed within the past year.
A: There is NO program fee. You will be charged a co-pay, based on your insurance, for physician, and dietitian visits. You will also be responsible for your insurance deductible.
The reduced rate YMCA family membership costs $30 per month, payable at participating YMCAs. This includes a 2- to 3-month family membership and 4-5 wellness coach visits for the New Impact patient for the purpose of education and goal setting. This part of the New Impact program is optional; however, it is considered a requirement for our adolescent bariatric surgery candidates.
A: Yes! We focus on including the whole family in our program to help the family system create a supportive and healthy lifestyle together. Parents or guardians will be weighed at every visit with their child, and they will also receive goals along with their child.
A: Possibly, Prisma Health Policy states that we reserve the right to charge for appointments that are not cancelled. We take every situation into consideration prior to charging any fee.