Valerie Matthews is passionate about managing the bariatric program at Broward Health Imperial Point, where she has worked since 2020.

After seven years of focusing on cardiac care early in her career, she pivoted to bariatrics after her own life-changing weight loss surgery in 2014.

In her current role, Matthews maintains and ensures compliance with policies and procedures for the bariatric service line and works closely with a medical director to identify program needs and solutions. She also makes daily rounds on patients, leads monthly patient support groups, and ensures effective staff education.

“For me, the most rewarding part of nursing is witnessing patients overcoming their health challenges to live a happier, healthier life,” Matthews said. “Nursing is the most rewarding profession anyone could hope for.”

Matthews is a certified bariatric nurse who received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from King University in Tennessee.