Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accredited Center  
Welcome to your Metabolic & Bariatric Accredited 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.

October Support Groups

                We are here for you! 


 Inspiration  Education  Motivation Fellowship

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 6 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hy-Vee Grocery Store at 1601 North
84th Street, Lincoln, NE

Becky Guittar RD will be our grocery store tour guide.


Date: Tuesday, October 15, 6 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Saint Elizabeth Rose Room
Lori Koss is a member of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). She recently attended the national OAC convention and will be sharing her experiences as well as several new products available for weight-loss surgery patients.
Webinar presentation available for the October 15 meeting. Contact Gary S. in Grand Island for more details at 308-379-0535.  

                   Good Medicine 


I just celebrated my birthday and I decided my present to myself would be a camping trip for four days all by myself. My husband set up the camper for me and I settled in. My goals were to nap, fish, walk, swim and start a book I had been wanting to read. I set my alarm to get up and watch the sunrise, watched the herons fly around the lake and go fishing. I caught two crappie, and a huge white bass that broke my line (it's true!)


I got out and walked the campground noticing how much everyone cherished the outdoors and the camping experience. I started my book and made some tasty chicken on the grill. I built a fire each night and just marveled at the vast universe shining with millions of stars. I enjoyed the sunshine and watching the moms and toddlers playing at the lake's edge, exploring and burying their toes in the sand. While this might not be what you would choose for your birthday, it had to be one of the best ever for me.


I have had to learn to slow down and enjoy the peace away from the busyness and responsibilities in all aspects of my life. I have learned to take care of me and can attest that this time for me was a spiritual retreat.


There have been many times in my life that I was so overwhelmed taking care of everything and everyone in my life, that I didn't have much left for me!Today I can recognize when I am entering the tipping point and stop to refresh, energize and "fill my spiritual cup."


I am a better wife, mom, friend and nurse since I returned home. I was nurtured by a power much greater than myself and I call that good medicine!


My wish for you today is to take a break when you need one and do something that will nurture your heart and soul.




Shelly Holman RN, CBN
Metabolic & Bariatric Program Coordinator

Creative Cooking

Recipe of the Month 


Autumn Squash Soup
by Shelly Holman  
Servings: 6
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 finely diced carrot
  • 1 finely diced celery stalk
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 cups of cubed garden fresh butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat oil in large soup pot. Add carrot, celery
and onion. Cook until vegetables begin to soften, approximately 3 - 4 minutes. Add butternut squash, thyme, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil,  then reduce heat and simmer approximately 30 minutes or until squash is tender. You may use an immersion blender to puree soup or once soup is cooled, puree small batches in an upright blender. You can divide into portions and freeze for individual servings. Enjoy!


Nutritional Value per serving:

140 calories; trace fat (50 calories from fat)

6 grams of fat

6 grams of protein

20 grams of carbohydrates (5 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugar)

0 milligrams of cholesterol

280 milligrams of sodium


If you have a healthy recipe you would like to share, please email to


If available please include nutritional information.
Recipes must be original family recipes. If using another source, you must send us copyright permission.
 Bariatric Surgery - Reshape Your Life   
You can view the Bariatric Surgery - Reshape Your Life class from home. We also encourage you to attend in person to receive answers to your questions and meet the specialists. 
Reshape Your Life - Presented by Raymond Taddeucci, MD
 Presented by: Raymond Taddeucci, MD
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 "Stretch for Success"

Patient Reunion 2013 


Hillcrest Country Club

9401 O Street

Lincoln, NE 68520


Saturday, September 28

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $30

To register, call

800-278-7837 or 402-219-7000


For further information, contact

Shelly Holman

at 402-219-7638 or


Share Your Story 


The Saint Elizabeth Marketing Department will be taping short patient stories during the reunion about your personal experience with obesity and weight-loss surgery. Patient stories will then be placed on our website for others to learn more about the program. Many people
contemplating bariatric surgery view our website. You can be an inspiration to others as you share your experience.

Click here to view patient testimonials 
Contact Shelly at if you are interested in participating.
Spread the Word
If you have a friend that is interested in weight-loss surgery, please share information on upcoming Bariatric Surgery - Reshape Your Life classes.

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The Saint Elizabeth Metabolic & Bariatric Accredited Surgery Center team is here to help you take steps towards a healthier you. We appreciate your feedback and comments.


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Metabolic & Bariatric Program Coordinator at 402-219-7638 or