Many employees at Regional Medical Center volunteer their time and expertise in service outside the walls of the hospital, supporting causes that positively impact the health and well-being of the communities we serve. The Clinical Nutrition department has taken this dedication to community service to the next level. The entire department, all eight registered dietitians, are involved in various forms of community outreach from offering healthy eating tips at health fairs and other community events to mentoring nutrition students who are the dietitians of tomorrow.
“What we eat greatly impacts every aspect of our health and well-being. Chronic conditions can be improved or even prevented because of our eating habits,” explained Jacqueline Daughtry, Manager of Clinical Nutrition. “Our registered dietitians strive to educate our patients as well as individuals we can reach beyond the hospital to create a healthier community.”
The dietitians’ role in the hospital includes consulting with physicians and other healthcare professionals to coordinate the medical and nutritional needs of the patient. The dietitians also teach patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting how to make nutritionally sound food choices to speed the recovery process, prevent disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle after they go home.
The registered dietitians have more than 70 years of experience at Regional Medical Center, which Daughtry points out is a level of knowledge from which our community deserves to benefit. “We know a healthier lifestyle can lead to less trips to the hospital or doctor’s office and improve the overall health of our community. To us, it’s vital to be out in the community, sharing our expertise as often as possible,” said Daughtry.