Dena McCoy MSN, RN and Debbie Wedding RN, BSN are the coordinators of the Bariatric Program at U of L Health, Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. They have 8 and 27 years of nursing experience respectively. Dena has medical-surgical, pre-operative, and post-surgical nursing experience as well as administrative experience as an educator for U of L Health, Mary & Elizabeth Hospital’s Surgical Services. Debbie has experience as an operating room nurse here at U of L Health, Mary & Elizabeth Hospital’s Hospital. Their role is to assist patients through the program, beginning with the informational seminar. They provide assistance with the insurance approval process, coordinate scheduling for preoperative assessments/evaluations, preoperative testing, surgery scheduling and also work with the surgeon’s office staff in scheduling preoperative office visits. Dena and Debbie also educate patients both pre- and postoperatively.
Nicole McGloshen MS, RDN, LD graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship through Ball State University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Communications through Purdue University. Nicole uses her experience and academic training to provide evidence-based recommendations and supportive tips that will help you to succeed with lap-band surgery. Just as importantly, Nicole creates a safe space where patients can be open and honest about their relationship with food; the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s important to remember that change can be scary and hard for many people. She says, “While change is hard, I firmly believe that we can do hard things! I’m here to support you on this journey; celebrate the wins and a brainstorm solution when needed.”