Jennifer Cotita, Amber Sims, Terri Gardner, Debbie Wedding
Amber Sims, RN, MSN and Debbie Wedding RN, BSN are the coordinators of the Bariatric Program at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth. They have 9 and 21 years of nursing experience respectively. Amber has pre-operative and post-surgical nursing experience as well as administrative experience for Sts. Mary’s and Elizabeth’s Surgical Services. Debbie has experience as an operating room nurse here at Sts. Mary’s and Elizabeth’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. Amber and Debbie also educate patients both pre- and postoperatively and conduct monthly support group meetings.
Jennifer Cotita MS, RD, LD is the dietitian for the Bariatric Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and also holds a master’s degree in nutritional sciences. Jennifer has worked with the bariatric population for four years. Jennifer meets with LAP-BAND® System patients preoperatively to educate them on their pre- and post-operative diets. She also conducts dietary evaluations as required by some insurance companies. Post-operatively, Jennifer continues to be available for any additional guidance that patients may require.
Bariatric Center at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital
Healthy Lifestyle Center at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital