Why did you choose to work at Stormont Vail Health?
One of the things that brought me here to Stormont was one, the reputation. I heard lots of different things about how the care that was provided here, the leadership that was provided here, the growth that they’re seeing. And I really wanted to be a part of that. And now that I am a part of that I’m able to continue to see the growth and the caring and just their overall strive to be the best health care provider in Kansas.
What got you started in (your specialty)?
One of the things that got me started for sure was that I was actually a patient on the program, and I was able to see how compassionate everyone with the program was and how much they just wanted to help people. And that really resonated with me. And so I wanted to be in a place where I could be compassionate, I could help people have happy endings and also use the skills that I’ve had and the knowledge I got from being a patient myself and helping others along the way.
Describe the typical patient who comes to see you.
A typical patient that might come to see us is someone that has been maybe struggling with their weight for a long time. Another thing that we see frequently is that people are nervous about coming to see us because, let’s be honest, weight’s not something everybody really wants to talk about. It has a notation, you know, that you shouldn’t be talking about it and you should be embarrassed by it. But that’s not anything we portray here. We actually have FDA-approved medications that we can prescribe. We have surgery that we do. It’s a very comprehensive program. So it’s not just you’re coming in for a meeting to talk about the food you’ve eaten or to come in and buy foods. That’s another thing that’s very particular about our program. We help you learn how to make choices in real foods that you see every day. We don’t have foods that you purchase.
If a provider wanted to refer a patient, what would be the first question you’d ask about my patient?
Well, if I was talking to a provider to find out if their patient would be a good fit for our program, one of the biggest things we ask is what their BMI is. I’ll ask maybe what medications they’re on and we’ll talk through those things. And maybe, I’ve had a physician that I’ve talked to that’s referring a patient and just, “What do you feel like their biggest struggles are? What do you feel like they need the most from us?” We really look at obesity as a chronic condition. And so we’re here and we’re with you for long term, and we want to see you reach your success and keep that success going and we want to be here to support you long term.
American Nurses Credentialing Center (Family NP)