Meet the Team!
Stephanie Keeth, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNS, CCRN
Stephanie Keeth attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating with a Masters of Nursing in 2007. She received a dual degeree of Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. She's been a registered nurse since 2000. From 2001-2007 she was a surgical/trauma intensive care nurse at Loma Linda University Medical Center. In 2007 she became an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the LLUMC Department of General Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery. Stephanie collaborates with the surgeons and other members of the Bariatric Surgery team during the patients' hospital stay and throughout the postoperative recovery. Her philosophy is to provide individualized care and inclusion of the patient & family throughout the patient's journey to a healthier life.
Angela Galusha, RN
Angela has been a registered nurse since 2000, specifically working as a pre-operative and post-operative nurse from 2002-2010, before coming to Loma Linda University Medical Center to become the Bariatric Coordinator. Her goal is to make the Bariatric process less overwhelming for patients. Angela works to make patients feel connected to their Bariatric team, and is available to help with any questions or concerns.
Melissa Thurnhofer, RD
Bariatric Coordinators Our Bariatric Coordinators will be your guide through the entire process, including before surgery, hospitalization and after the surgery, to help you to be successful. Pre-operatively, they will help you understand the risks and benefits of surgery, what to expect and how to prepare. The Bariatric Coordinators will also address issues related to the emotional aspect of surgery with the help of other members of the team. Prior to your surgery, our coodinators will review all pre-operative instructions with you so that you are prepared for your procedure. After surgery, the coordinator will continue to follow your progress regarding your post-operative recovery.
The financial coordinator will help provide you with all the information you will need to make important financial decisions. It is imperative to know up front the services that are covered by your insurance company and the payment amount and process if you are paying cash. The financial coordinator will help to ensure that this information is available to you and will communicate with your insurance company as needed.
Marie Hodgkins, RN, MB, NE-BC
Service Line DIrector
Marie oversees the operations of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program. She is available for questions or concerns as they arise. She is dedicated to excellent customer service and quality patient care for all bariatric patients.