Iowa Specialty Hospital

A View from the Inside

 Steve Simonin President and CEO of Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics  - Before Weight Loss Surgery, After Surgery, During RAGBRAI, Riding the Rockies

This month is my 5th anniversary of my bariatric surgery. I was the first patient at the Belmond campus to have this. I tell people that my second birthday is July 21, 2014 because my life restarted that day. I know to some this may sound a tad bit dramatic, but before this day I felt as if I was dying in place. My weight was increasing, my activity was decreasing - every part of my body hurt. I was going to be fifty in October of 2014 and thought this is no way to live the last chapters of my life.  

Post surgery, after the weight came off, I became active again. I just completed a 400+ mile bike ride in the mountains of Colorado, and this anniversary of my surgery will be spent on my fourth complete Ragbrai. I’m running again, my resting heart beat is in the fifties, and I feel great. My life trajectory was changed …

At Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, I like to think we help people in figuring out how to live their best life. Whether it’s expanding your family (babies), weight loss, surgical intervention to allow you to dance again or walk without pain … the warm, happy feeling I get when I think about this place has so much to do with giving people new days to celebrate.  

I urge you to look at your life and evaluate your aches and pains, your desires and hopes … there’s a good chance that we can help. Life is great and can be even better.
 

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