The Nutritional Services Department provides clinical nutrition services to inpatients, and on an outpatient basis by physician referral. The department is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Staff members are on call from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
Nutritional counseling provided by the department includes nutrition screenings and assessments, nutrition education and calorie counts. Patients can be referred by physician, nurse or case manager. Counseling is provided to patients who are identified during nutrition screenings as needing specific nutritional care.
Nutritional Services employs five full-time dieticians who provide counseling to patients. Staff members also provide nutrition education in the community through programs, health fairs and presentations to schools, community organizations and professional groups.