Flaget Bariatric Staff
Susan Brown, RN, BSN – Bariatric Program Coordinator
Susan offers 18 years nursing experience including, surgery, recovery room, and private practice. As Bariatric Program Coordinator her role is to develop our program, provide staff training and patient education as well as assisting patients through the pre operative and post operative phases. Susan coordinates our multidisciplinary team to ensure the highest quality outcomes by utilizing and educating best practice standards. Currently, Susan is also compiling our application to become a nationally accredited program through the American College of Surgeons.
Teresa M. Lee, RD, LD – Bariatric Dietitian
Teresa has been with Flaget since August of 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and she completed her eight-month Supervised Practice Program with Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, KY. In addition to being a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Kentucky Dietetic Association, Teresa is a member of the AND’s Weight Management Practice Group. Serving as a member of our multidisciplinary team, Teresa completes the program’s nutrition evaluation and assessment for patients, and also educates them on pre-surgical and post-surgical nutritional requirements. Teresa assists patients with long-term healthy lifestyle and nutrition changes, providing counseling and additional support as needed on an individual basis.
Connie Wheatley – Medical Assistant
Connie supports patients as they complete their various phases through the Bariatric Program. Connie is available to help with program steps, direct needs, and communicate patient care with the multidisciplinary team.
Cecelia McAdams, LCSW, LMFT
Cecelia has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a Master's Degree from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She has 20 years experience in the clinical social work field. She meets individually with patients prior to surgery to evaluate their emotional/mental health. As needed, she refers patients to appropriate mental health professionals to deal with any obstacles to their stability. Follow-up consultation with the patient and the Bariatric team are available when appropriate.
Gayle Sweeney, Insurance Coordinator
Gayle has been with Flaget Hospital for over five years. She has worked in insurance billing and verification for 11 years. In addition to verifying insurance benefits and obtaining insurance approvals, she is responsible for scheduling all pre-operative appointments for our patients. She enjoys getting to know our patients, and cheering them on as we all share in the excitement of their success.
Bariatric Exercise Staff
The bariatric exercise staff sees patients that are referred to them for an assessment before surgery. We make recommendations for a personalized exercise program based on each patient's physical ability, limitations and needs. Patients are encouraged to exercise with us after their surgical intervention to maximize results along with their other lifestyle changes. We are currently staffed with three registered nurses who have over 20 years experience each and keep up-to-date on bariatric care. Our staff is eager to help you - Robin Jones RN, Karen Robeck RN and Rhonda Wathen RN. We can be reached at 502-350-5425.
For more information about Flaget Center for Weight Loss Surgery call 502.350.5492.
Flaget Center for Weight Loss Surgery
4305 New Shepherdsville Road
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004