Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Services
Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Therapy involves the assessment of nutritional needs of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric age groups and culturally diverse populations based on Disease Specific Needs so that medical care is optimized. Based on this assessment, the clinical nutritionist will develop an Individualized Plan of Care which will include treatment goals.
Services include provision of Nutrition Therapy to pediatric and adult patients from the Outpatient Nutrition Office located on the 2nd floor of the Sticht Center.
Consultation with the referring and primary care physicians is integral to developing a comprehensive nutritional plan of care.
Medical Nutrition Therapy includes, but is not limited to, treating the following conditions: Failure to Thrive, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypercholesterolemia and other lipid disorders, Overweight, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other neurological disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Hypertension, Post-renal Transplant, feeding tube dependence, Dysphagia, side effects of cancer therapies, Unintentional Weight Loss, Autism, multiple Food Allergies, Genetic Disorders, Celiac Disease and other GI disorders, and other nutrition related Metabolic Disorders.
The RD (Registered Dietitian) provides nutrition education and goal setting and teaches skills to patients, their families and caregivers in order to optimize the patient’s nutritional status and ultimately improve their medical condition.
Referrals and communication with in home health agencies, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), as well as other Community Agencies, is available to assure continuity of care.
Debbie Hicks, MEd, RD, LDN, Dietitian, Adult and Pediatric Outpatients
RD, LDN, BS and Master of Education (in Foods
10 years as Inpatient/Outpatient dietitian at
Rowan Regional in Salisbury, NC
10 years as an Inpatient/Outpatient dietitian here at Baptist, currently focusing on Outpatient only
What To Expect in your Outpatient RD Appointment:
nutritionist will gather a medical history; assess current nutrition status
(using the methods of food frequency and 24-hour recall); once a complete
history is acquired, an individualized diet/meal plan will be created and
handouts regarding this will be provided and discussed.
Through her 20 years as an RD, she has greatly expanded her specialties. She is currently responsible for the outpatient
nutrition assessment of patients with many different conditions/diseases,
including Kidney Transplant, Renal Disease, Pediatric Lipid and HTN disorders,
Obesity (adult and adolescent), Underweight, HIV disease, ALS disease,
Diabetes, Nutrition support such as patients requiring tube feeding