Emerson Hospital Department of Nutrition Services takes pride in playing an important role in promoting improved health through good nutrition. A variety of services to inpatients, outpatients and the surrounding community are continuously offered.
Emerson’s highly qualified nutritionists and dietitians have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. All of the dietitians are registered by the American Dietetic Association, licensed by the State of Massachusetts and certified in special areas of nutrition. Dietitians are required to participate in ongoing professional education.
Our clinical dietitians conduct comprehensive nutritional assessments for inpatients to identify goals for improving nutritional intake and health. Individualized care plans are designed to meet the patient’s specific medical and lifestyle needs. Patients receive nutrition education as needed.
Weekly group nutrition lectures are offered to all inpatients on the Behavioral Health Unit. A variety of lectures and programs concerning nutrition wellness and health are provided.
Nutritional counseling, provided by registered dietitians in a private, confidential setting, is available at the Emerson Hospital Nutrition Clinic in Concord, Massachusetts, and at the Westford Health Center.
Specialty areas include:
- Management of weight, cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders
- Oncology nutrition
- Wellness nutrition
- Pediatric nutrition
- Body composition analysis
A physician referral is required for nutritional counseling. Services are covered by most insurance plans. Patients should check with their plan for details regarding coverage for their specific condition.
The Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke
Patients undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy at The Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke can meet with a dietitian to help optimize their nutritional status. The dietitian also assists patients with dietary strategies to minimize side effects that may occur during cancer therapy.
Our dietitians work closely with Emerson Home Care nurses to identify any patients in need of nutritional intervention. Dietitians conduct evaluations over the phone or during home visits, and/or with family members. Appropriate education and recommendations for improving the patient’s nutritional status are provided.
Addiction Rehabilitation Program
Patients involved in the Addiction Rehabilitation Program meet with a dietitian in a group setting twice a month. The dietitian reviews strategies to improve diet for overall better health.
The dietitians at Emerson are involved in many community programs. Lectures are offered to local women’s groups, elder programs, school programs, various support groups and local corporations. Dietitians also participate in many community health fairs for various age groups.
Community Health and Wellness Classes
A variety of nutrition-related programs, taught by registered dietitians, are offered at the Emerson Wellness Center for Mind and Body in Concord. Classes are provided every fall and spring.