Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery Program
Welcome to your Bariatric Surgery Center E-Newsletter!  
We are happy to provide another way to keep you connected to the latest news and information during your experience of Reshaping Your Life.
Merry Christmas! 
December Support Group
We are here for you!
Inspiration  Education  Motivation  Fellowship
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Holiday Party: Bring your favorite dish for a potluck dinner and celebrate the spirit of Christmas. We welcome anyone that has had surgery, family members, friends and anyone preparing for surgery.


If you would like to contribute a gift for our pediatric patients who are in the hospital over the holidays, please bring an unwrapped stuffed animal or toy. We will then distribute over the holidays to our littlest patients. Thank you.
Special Announcement: There will be no meeting on January 1, 2013 because of the New Year holiday.
Certified Bariatric Nurse
A Christmas Story

It was the holiday season several years ago when I was living in Kearney, NE. I had just become a single parent and life was very challenging trying to care for my six year-old daughter, managing finances and healing after the end of my marriage. My daughter was spending the holiday with her father and I found myself facing Christmas day alone. I was very anxious knowing this situation had the potential to immerse me into a dark hole of anger, self-pity and many other negative emotions. 


In my life experience at that time, I knew it was very dangerous for me to spend the day alone. I noticed in the local paper the Methodist church was looking for volunteers to prepare and serve Christmas dinner. I arrived bright and early not knowing a single person. Someone directed me to a huge pile of potatoes and I proceeded to peel for 3 hours!


Everyone was so kind; I could see on their faces they were delighted to be there serving others on Christmas day! It did not take me long to know that God had led me exactly to where I was supposed to be. During dinner I found myself moving from table to table pouring coffee, smiling and sharing a kind word. Many of the guests were elderly, incapable of cooking dinner and most didn't have family nearby. I knew they did not want to spend the day alone either.


It was amazing what I learned that day. I left with a heart full of joy and realized that it wasn't so much that I served them....they served me!


Not all Christmas gifts come in a pretty wrapped package placed under the tree. My wish for you this season is many blessings as well as the courage to open your special gift should it appear!


Shelly Holman RN, CBN

Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Program Coordinator

Lap-Band patient 2005 



       Creative Cooking

             Recipe of the Month

Cucumber and Apple Salad

          provided by Chef Dave Fouts


1 cup peeled and chopped cucumber

1/4 tsp caraway seeds

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Pinch of salt

Pinch of ground clove

1 cup peeled and chopped apple

1 tsp sugar substitute

1 tsp canola oil

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

For 1 hour refridgerate.

Toss and serve.


Ready in 5 minutes

Serves: 2 


Be sure to peel the cucumbers and apples as the skins tend to be tough and may be difficult to digest. The sweet crispness of the apple and the soft texture of the cucumber go together perfectly. The caraway seeds add a slight licorice flavor so be sure not to use too much because it can easily overpower the flavor of the salad. Enjoy!


Nutritional content per serving (1 cup): 

60 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram protein, 100 mg sodium, 2 grams fiber.

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%
If you have a healthy recipe you would like to share, please email to
Please include nutritional information if available.
Recipes must be original family recipes. If using another source you must send us copyright permission. 
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Making A Difference


 Ray Taddeucci, MD  

Raymond Taddeucci, MD

Bariatric Surgeon


"I always say, surgery is only 20 percent of the battle; the other 80 percent is all about behavioral changes. That is absolutely the most difficult part after the surgery."



To read the full interview featured in OH Magazine click here


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Esperanza's Weight-Loss Surgery Success at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Esperanza shares how weight-loss surgery helped to eliminate her high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. 
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