Karen Laney Karen is the Bariatric Nurse Coordinator for Doctors Hospital of Manteca. With compassion and care, she helps patient navigate their weight-loss journey and supports them before, during and after surgery. This includes post-surgery hospital visits and guidance for a successful recovery. Karen also teaches monthly weight-loss education classes and leads support groups. She understands that every patient's situation is unique and advocates for the best outcomes.
Karen has been a nurse for 26 years, and has 21 years of experience providing direct care to bariatric patients. In addition, she served on the Bariatrics Committee at Stanford Health Care – Valley Care for 16 years, and has been certified in orthopedics since 2005 and bariatrics since 2007. She also holds a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN).
Patient navigators’ are here to help our patients, their families and caregivers maneuver their healthcare journey and overcome medical care hurdles. Whether you just have a question or you’re looking for a second opinion, turn to our navigator for help.
A patient navigators’ primary role is to nurture patient empowerment and provide information that enhances their ability to make appropriate health care choices with an enhanced assurance about risks, benefits and responsibilities. Throughout the process, the patient navigator will provide individualized assistance as well as education and resources to facilitate informed decisions.
The patient navigator is a key player on your team, providing knowledgeable support, compassion and encouragement through every step of your journey.
Benefits of a Patient Navigator:
Guide you through the healthcare system
Provide information and education
Coordinate tests and services
Facilitate communication with your medical team
Help you track and get to appointments
Direct you to local resources and support
Answer questions about classes, seminars and support groups
Ensure that your questions and concerns on clinical issues are resolved
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