More than 30 registered dietitians (RDs) have officially joined the UofL Health family, following the foodservice and EVS transition from Sodexo to Metz Culinary Management, Inc. Scattered across the organization, the newly-formed UofL Health – Nutrition Therapy team has an updated structure.
Sharon Siegel, MBA, RD, LD will serve as the director, overseeing Nutrition Therapy at UofL Hospital, Brown Cancer Center and two clinical nutrition managers that lead teams across the system. Nutrition Therapy spans all the inpatient and outpatient facilities and service lines, including critical care, oncology, behavioral health, bariatrics, rehab, gestational/neonatal care, trauma, transplant and more.
Jennifer Van Dyke, RD, LD, CNSC, and Jennifer Florence, RD, LD, are serving as clinical nutrition managers. Van Dyke is responsible for care needs at Jewish Hospital and Frazier Rehabilitation Institute as well as advancing clinical nutrition training and practice across the system. Florence will manage care at the community hospitals and outpatient medical centers.
“While I’ve known most of our team for some time, I was reminded of their collective credentials through this transition process,” said Sharon. “We have an exceptional group of registered dietitians who have completed internships, have advanced degrees and certifications, are published authors, and local, regional and national presenters. I want our UofL Health team to know they can feel confident in the work and expertise of the Nutrition Therapy staff.”
In addition to inpatient and outpatient education, the team offers diabetes classes, places post-pyloric feeding tubes and nasal bridles. They are actively expanding services into areas of sports nutrition, movement disorders, pulmonary care and other specialty clinics.
“We are fortunate to have these clinicians on the UofL Health team,” said Cathy Spalding, vice president of Operations for the downtown campus and chief administrative officer (CAO) of Frazier Rehab. “Our providers – across our entire system – count on their expertise. They’ve been a part of our team for some time, so this opportunity to officially recognize them is a great reminder of the integral support they bring to the care of our patients.”
As a profession, Registered Dietitians are principal members of multidisciplinary care teams, elevating the role of nutrition across the continuum of care to drive outcomes by improving health and wellness through research, education, clinical care and community service. They use evidence-based practice, case presentations and the latest research to provide care.
Our UofL Health RDs are actively involved in the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, other local and national organizations, and hold state office in KYSPEN.
The team also works collaboratively with the UofL Physician – Diabetes & Obesity Center staff that also provides patient education, counseling and the Diabetes Prevention Program.
For more information about the Nutrition Therapy team, visit the Nutrition Therapy page, speak with your facility dietitian or call our outpatient team at 502-210-4203 to schedule an appointment.