Nutrition

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Livingston HealthCare’s Café Fresh – Model For Farm to Institution

ISSUE With healthcare costs on the rise, providers need to find ways to increase education and prevention. Providing healthy food and modeling healthy choices can help reduce the incidence of obesity and chronic disease. SOLUTION The Food and Nutrition Services department of Livingston HealthCare implemented the Farm to Institution Program in 2007, and when their […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Brookmeade Culinary Arts Exploration

ISSUE The Community at Brookmeade perpetually strives to ensure its residents’ quality of life. It offers many programs that foster self-expression and the restoration, maintenance and progression of residents’ abilities. Through social interaction and fostering latent communication skills, the diagnoses of Dementia and chronic illness are effectively and skillfully addressed with the implementation of its […]

National Nutrition Month – Combating Malnutrition

By Jessica Marchand, RD, LDN, and Roseann Hoeye, MBA, RD, LD; Directors, Intalere Nutrition & Environmental Services  In 1974, the article “Skeleton in the Hospital Closet,” by the late Charles E. Butterworth, Jr., M.D., called attention to the existence of malnutrition in our nation’s hospitals. While it’s been more than 40 years since this article […]

Nutrition in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

by Peter Cayan, MA, RD, CDN, LDN Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists, Intalere Nutrition and nutrition therapy have never been more relevant than now in the age of healthcare reform and the changing healthcare landscape. I recently discussed this topic with Dr. Tracy Smith, senior clinical manager for Abbott Nutrition, for a podcast. According to the […]

Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight-Northern Arizona Healthcare/Flagstaff Medical Center-Reduction of Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Previously Identified Malnutrition

ISSUE Malnutrition is a serious issue, with 1 in 3 U.S. hospital patients being affected. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have projected reduced reimbursement for malnutrition readmissions within 30 days of discharge. At Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), 42% of patients identified at risk for malnutrition were being readmitted within 30 days of […]

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Healthcare Environmental Design and the Patient Experience

by Mike Reid, Vice President, Construction, Capital and Facility Services, and Tom Wessling, Vice President, Nutrition, Environmental Services, Contracting Operations Only two of the questions on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey deal directly with the physical healthcare environment, but the fact is that all facility surroundings impact the patient […]

National Nutrition Month 2015: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

By Peter Cayan, Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists, Intalere Healthcare food and nutrition professionals celebrate National Nutrition Month® (NNM) by advocating the importance of making sound food choices and sustaining balanced eating and physical habits. At the center of this campaign is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally known as the American Dietetic Association) whose theme, […]

Member Best Practice Spotlight: Intermountain Healthcare – Category Captainship Provides Strategic Relationship and Benefits for Provider and Supplier

The Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight continues its focus on the supply chain this month. Next up is Intermountain Healthcare’s Category Captainship program. Issue: In today’s dynamic reality of healthcare reform, hospitals are charged more than ever to reduce costs, while simultaneously increasing value and improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. Because every child has individual needs, there is a variety […]

Four Must-Have Measurements for Effective Foodservice Performance

By Peter Cayan Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists Intalere In my last blog, I mentioned that national healthcare reform continues to drive less available dollars with a laser-focus emphasis on measureable quality patient outcomes. Healthcare nutrition and food professionals will continue to play out a balancing act of economic and satisfaction measures to help shape their […]

National Nutrition Month: Balancing Economic and Satisfaction Measures

By Peter Cayan Senior Director, Nutrition Specialists Intalere This year healthcare food and nutrition professionals celebrate National Nutrition Month® (NNM) by advocating the importance of making sound food choices and sustaining balanced eating and physical habits. At the center of this campaign is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic […]