Pictured: Alyssa Lynott, Jessy Griffel, Cary Yensen, Jessica Strange, Amy Kramer, Eva Sorrentino.
Not pictured: Margaret Larson, Krista Diekemper, Abby Wilson, Jennifer Anthony.
By Amy Kramer, MPH, RD, LD
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates March as National Nutrition Month®. Additionally, March 14, 2018, is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day. Here are at Portneuf, we have RDNs serving in a variety of areas throughout our campus. Our wonderful RDN team has members who hold specialized certifications as well as advanced degrees.
The clinical staff consists of both inpatient and outpatient RDNs. The clinical inpatient RDNs see a variety of patient differing in both age and nutrition risk; patients include infants to geriatric and nutrition risk varying from normal to severe. Collectively, they work as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team for our patients by providing nutritional screening, recommendations, assessments and education.
Outpatient RDNs work in the Portneuf Cancer Center, Weight Management Clinic and in our Outpatient Education Clinic. In these more defined areas, our RDNs are able to provide tailored education to their patients based on what is needed.
Lastly, we have RDNs working in the food service/management section at the facility. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to overseeing staff, department operations, patient/customer satisfaction and menu analysis.
Do you need to speak to an RDN? You can find one by visiting eatright.org (find an expert) or by scheduling an appointment with the outpatient Education Clinic at 208-239-2070 or the Weight Management Clinic at 208-239-2620. A member of the inpatient RDN team can be requested during hospitalization should the patient want nutrition education.