Dietitians Raising the Bar for Employees Giving Back in Service

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.

Volunteer Highlights

  • The department supports University of Memphis nutrition students in several ways. All eight dietitians serve as preceptors; three are members of the University’s intern selection committee; and one serves on the University’s intern thesis committee.
  • Several members of the team are regular participants in church and community health fairs, the Sisterhood Showcase and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event. 
  • Another team member serves as the registered dietitian for Let’s Move!Memphis. Let’s Move! is an initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! gives parents helpful information, fosters an environment to support healthy choices, encourage healthier food options in schools and helps kids become more physically active.
Regional Medical Center’s Registered Dietitians, clockwise from top left: Madeleine Walker, MS, RD, LDN; Teresa Shurley, MS, RD, LDN; Lee Anne McDonald, MS, RD, CNSC; Adriann Skeen, MS, RD, LDN; David Havrilla, MS, RD; Jacqueline Daughtry, RD, LDN; Whitney Maxey, MS, RD, LDN; and Jennifer Batteiger, MS, RD, LDN.