The Nutrition Services Department’s goal is to provide meals that meet the nutritional and clinical needs of the patients, while serving nutritious and wholesome meals for patients, hospital employees and visitors, and to assist the medical team by providing nutrition therapy, support, and education to patients, and/or their families.
The food-service department upholds standards of quality for healthcare foodservice facilities to comply with The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the Georgia State Health Department rules and regulations. Many of our staff are “Serve-Safe” Certified, and are required to renew certification every 5 years. Our staff must be trained, and be proficient in following dietary restrictions for a wide range of therapeutic diets including, Renal, Cardiac, Low Sodium, Calorie Controlled diets, Carbohydrate Controlled diets, Low Residue and many more.
Our Clinical Nutrition area provides In-patient, Out-patient, and community services. Our Clinical Dietitian is Registered and Licensed, and a Certified Diabetes Educator. The Dietitian is also a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer, and can assist in-patients with insulin pump management.
- Consults with Physicians and/or Nursing regarding patient’s nutritional needs
- Nutrition evaluations and individualized care for in-patients.
- Nutrition management of acute and chronic conditions
- Tube Feeding and TPN (IV Nutrition) recommendations
- Nutrition education on therapeutic diets for optimizing health after discharge
Out-Patient Nutrition Consultation:
- Therapeutic diet education for acute and chronic disease management
- Weight loss education
- Pre-bariatric surgery nutrition consultation
- Gestational diabetes education
- Nutrition classes for both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab participants
- Monthly Diabetes Education Class
- Upon request, the Dietitian can provide community nutrition programs for organizations, and is available to participate in employee health fairs.