St. Mary Medical Center hosts unique fashion show

Tammy Worthey walks the red carpet at a fashion show hosted by St. Mary’s Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity.

In 2010, 43-year-old Felicia Rush-Price of San Pedro was walking around in flat shoes, accompanied by an oxygen tank, when she decided that it was finally time to get serious about losing weight. She weighed 346 pounds.

“Having to walk around with an oxygen tank was a bit embarrassing. And me, being young and a diva, not able to walk around in heels because of pain in my knees — that was challenging,” she recalled. “I had tried several times to lose weight, but I needed that extra boost.”

At the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, Rush-Price discussed her goals and options with bariatric surgeon Malgorzata Stanczyk. In early 2011 she underwent a Lap-Band procedure and over the next three years lost 112 pounds. She later underwent a gastric sleeve procedure and has since lost an additional 20 pounds.

To celebrate her success, Rush-Price wore high heels and walked the runway at a special fashion show hosted by St. Mary’s Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity. She was among 20 models, all former patients, who wore Old Hollywood-style fashions to raise awareness of the health benefits of weight loss.

“[Losing weight] has done me wonders and made a big difference in my health,” said Rush-Price. “I’m wearing heels, don’t have to carry oxygen. My blood pressure became very normal and I feel normal. I’m in control of my life.”


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September 19, 2014

  • Friday, September 19

    Pilgrim Virgin of Our Lady of Fatima, visit of image (continues through Sept. 21 at parishes throughout archdiocese), 8 a.m., St. Therese Church, 510 N. El Molino St., Alhambra. (626) 282-2744.

    ACCW Central District, guest speaker Fr. Allan Roberts, 11 a.m., St. Bernadette Church, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., L.A. (323) 293-4877.

    Bob Hurd in Concert, 7 p.m., St. Anthony Church, 2511 S. C St., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

    Concert: L.A. Children’s Chorus, plus trio from L.A. Master Chorale, fundraiser for ongoing church renovation, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew Church, 140 Chestnut St., Pasadena; $. (626) 792-4183.

    “USC Caruso Center Church: Stained Glass Exhibit,” from conception to installation, presented by Cathedral Fine Arts Committee (to Oct. 26), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (213) 680-5200.

    “Following the Prescribed Path,” exhibit (to Nov. 23), LMU Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Dr., L.A. (310) 338-2880.

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