Who we areRegistered dietitians at Grand River Hospital are members of the College of Dietitians and are regulated health professionals. They are recognized experts that work with patients and care teams to provide nutrition education and create personalized diets, healthy meal plans that take into account a patient’s medical condition and needs. All of the registered dietitians have achieved a registered dietitian status and many of us hold either advanced certifications in various specialties or have additional graduate training. There are 20 registered dietitians working throughout GRH who are committed to providing quality nutrition services and support the education and advancement of those in our field.
Where do dietitians offer these services?Registered dietitians work in the following areas of the hospital:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Children's and childbirth
- Diabetes education (adult, juvenile and gestational)
- Complex continuing care
- Mental health
Our roles and responsibilities:
- To help patients manage their nutrition and ensure that they recieve timely access to the best nutrition care and education;
- To work with patients and care teams to help create the most suitable care plan;
- To assess the current nutrition of patient and create a plan based on their health/disease and other information (weight/medical history, lab data, etc.);
- To provide counselling about other needs (tube and intravenous feedings or supplements);
- To provide education about healthy food choices to speed the recovery process, prevent disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle; and
- To use research to problem solve.