Food and Nutritional Services

The nutrition department employs a team of individuals who are committed to providing nutritious, balanced meals to our patients, staff, visitors, and Valiant Living clients.

All food service staff is required to attend regularly scheduled in-services in order to maintain and update their knowledge of the diets offered as well as current safety and sanitation issues. Most of the staff have attended the serve-safe classes and received certificates on proper safety and sanitation practices. All kitchen employees are required to have in-depth knowledge of the various diets we provide to patients. This includes regular, soft, diabetic, full and clear liquid, heart healthy, low sodium, low protein, low purine, renal (dialysis) and dysphagia diets (modified textures).

Dietitian

We have a full-time Licensed Registered Dietitian who is responsible for ensuring proper nutrition for inpatients and educational needs for individuals and groups of outpatients. The Dietitian is also responsible for the oversight of regular and selective menus and works closely with our full-time Certified Dietary Manager who is responsible for menu development for both inpatients and the Sunflower Cafe. In addition, our CDM is responsible for the procurement of food and equipment as well as supervision, hiring, training and ongoing education of dietary employees.

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Diabetes Self-Management Program

As a part of group and individual outpatient educations, the dietitian is a member of Madison Regional Health System's diabetes self-management program team. The dietitian works closely with the nurse educators to help provide you with the information you need to successfully manage your diabetes. For more information regarding this program, call (605) 256-8684 to speak to the dietitian call (605) 256-6551 to speak to a nurse.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Madison Regional Health's first National Diabetes Prevention Program was launched in September 2019. Trained lifestyle coaches facilitate this lifestyle change program with the goal of helping at-risk individuals prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. To know if you qualify for the program, talk to your physician to see if you're at risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is the latest approach to the dietary management of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other health problems. Research proves that MNT can help delay or prevent the onset of health problems related to poor or inadequate nutrition. If you are interested in improving your nutrition, check with your local physician to see if a consultation is appropriate for you. A physician referral is necessary to obtain a nutrition evaluation.

Complete 90

Did you know Madison Regional Health System offers a weight loss and fitness program called Complete 90? Since its official launch in May of 2017, we have helped individuals achieve their weight loss goals through sustainable evidenced-based practices. We explore strategies to help you overcome your individual barriers to nutrition and/or exercise in order to assist you along in your weight loss journey. To find more information or register, please call (605) 256-8684 or email jordan.eichacker@madisonhospital.com.

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