TriStar Centennial January 04, 2012

Nashville, Tenn., (January 4, 2012) – Pam Davis, director of the Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity, is the new chairperson of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).

Davis, a registered nurse and certified bariatric nurse, has directed Centennial Medical Center’s weight loss management and bariatric surgery programs since 2007. She strives to educate employers and physicians on obesity prevention and treatment while working toward access to care for all levels of obesity treatment.

Her passion for working with those with severe obesity comes from personal experience. Davis underwent gastric bypass surgery at Centennial Medical Center in 2001 and has been actively involved in the field locally and around the country in volunteer and advocacy roles ever since.

“Working in the field of obesity and being affected by it personally has provided me with two unique viewpoints of the disease. I feel I am able to connect with the patients at my hospital because I know what they are going through in their lives,” said Davis. “Being elected Chairman of the OAC will allow me to even further connect with individuals affected by obesity. The OAC is the only non-profit organization whose sole focus is helping those affected by obesity and I am proud to lead this organization.”

The OAC is a national non-profit charity dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity. It was formed to bring together individuals struggling with weight issues and provide educational resources and advocacy tools.

“Pam’s unique combination of personal experience and compassionate commitment to her patients makes her an invaluable asset to us at Centennial Medical Center and a recognized expert in her field,” said Joann Ettien, administrator of Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Centennial, home to the Center for the Treatment of Obesity. “Her expertise and passion will serve OAC’s members well and her experience with the OAC will benefit those she serves and works with at Centennial in Nashville.”

Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA/TriStar Health System, is a 657-bed facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). To learn more, visit and click on Centennial Medical Center or call (800) 242-5662.

To schedule an interview with Pam Davis about her new role and obesity topics in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, contact Kim Tiscione at 342-1935.

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