|Nutrition and Food Services|
Good Samaritan Nutrition Department staffs experienced clinical dietitians that are registered with the American Dietetic Association and certified by New York state. Nutrition services are available for outpatients as well as inpatients.
For an outpatient, the Eat Right Counseling Center provides one-to-one nutrition counseling. Many health insurance providers cover the cost for obesity/weight loss, malnutrition, coronary artery disease, hypertensions, gastric bypass, pediatric conditions, oncology and for many individuals who wish to improve their nutrition status. These sessions include nutrition assessment, evaluation, diet education, personalized meal planning and food preparation ideas.
The Eat Right Counseling center also provides community education programs for adults and children, as well as support groups for diabetic adults and children.
For more information, call Nutrition Services at (631) 376-4064.
For inpatients, the Nutrition and Food Service Department will provide you with nutrition support and healthy meals during your stay at the Medical Center.
In accordance with the standard of care of the Department of Nutrition and Food Service, all patients are screened for nutrition risk within 24 hours of admission. The dietitian will then complete a nutrition assessment for at risk patients within 48 hours of screening. During the assessment and subsequent reassessment, a patient’s past medical history and current medical situation is evaluated. Each morning medical interdisciplinary rounds are performed to help identify patients in need of nutrition support and/or education. Dietitians also monitor critically ill patients who require enteral or intravenous feedings and provide support to patients at nutritional risk through education and/or intervention to improve their nutrition status.
Our registered dietitians and dietetic technicians will be available to discuss your specific dietary needs and to provide you with nutrition education as needed. Please feel free to request a consult from our clinical nutrition staff if you have any questions or concerns during your hospitalization.
Meals will be delivered to your bedside by members of our staff between the following hours: Breakfast 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Lunch 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Supper 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Each morning you will receive a personalized menu delivered to your bedside by our dietetic assistants. The menu contains food choices for the following day’s meals. The dietetic assistants will collect completed menus each morning and be available to assist those who require help and also to suggest alternate food items. Sometimes your menu selections will be altered because of dietary restrictions prescribed by your physician. Meals may also be delayed due to scheduled procedures that require fasting.
After discharge, our dietitians are available to answer questions regarding your medically prescribed diet. They can be contacted Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.