Proper nutrition can be essential to keeping your body in a healthy, working order. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, our nutrition services department supports both our inpatient and outpatient services at our Covington, Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas and Grant facilities. We employ a talented staff of over 100 individuals including food service workers, dietetic technicians, registered dietitians, an executive chef, supervisors and managers, all working together to bring our patients food that is not only good for you, but also delicious.
Room Service Program
Nutrition Services is dedicated to providing exceptional service while you are in our care. We are proud of our Culinary Creations Room Service Program. Fresh cuisine, made to order for you!
The menus are designed to provide a wide variety of foods to choose from and the opportunity to order what you would like from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily.
The Culinary Creations Room Service Program is currently available at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas and St. Elizabeth Grant.
There is no extra charge for patients ordering from Culinary Creations.
Inpatient Food Service
No matter what brings you to any of our hospitals, we want to make sure that all of your meals are enjoyable. To make your stay at St. Elizabeth that much more comfortable, we offer a variety of great tasting menu items designed and prepared with your tastes in mind.
There are a number of ways you can view the menu selections we have prepared for you. If you are with us at our Edgewood facility, you can review our menus by tuning in to Channel 29. At Florence and Ft. Thomas you are offered a select menu that will be reviewed with you by one of our nutrition team members. Your doctor may also prescribe a specific diet with your medical condition in mind. At that point, the foods in your diet may be modified to comply with your doctor's orders.
If you have any specific food or beverage preferences, any food allergies, or if you would like more details about your diet please, please feel free to ask one of our Dietetic Technicians or Registered Dietitians. You can call one of them at (859) 301-2185 at Edgewood; (859) 572-3111 at Ft. Thomas; or (859) 212-5139 at Florence.
Inpatient Clinical Nutrition Staff
While you’re at the hospital, one of our clinical nutrition staff may come to check on you. We employ both Dietetic Technicians as well as Registered Dietitians who are experts in the field of nutrition. Our staff can assess and evaluate your nutritional status, develop an individual plan as well as help to monitor your progress towards meeting your nutritional goals. Our staff can also provide education on a variety of specific diets your doctor may prescribe depending on your medical condition.
Our nutrition services department offers a number of programs to help you during your stay with us and after you return home. Each program is different and each one is available to help you meet your personal nutritional goals.
Foods and Your Heart – Cardiac Rehab Group Education Classes
"Foods and Your Heart,” is a nutrition class offered jointly by the St. Elizabeth Nutrition Services Department and St. Elizabeth Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. During the class, a registered dietitian will discuss risk factors associated with heart disease, how fats, cholesterol and sodium can affect your heart and teach you how to make healthier food choices. This class is held on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and the third Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Cardiac Health Center in Edgewood located at 830 Thomas More Parkway. Family members are also welcome to attend. Call (859) 301-2185 for directions and to reserve a seat.
Healthy Directions – Your Path to a Healthy Weight
This 10-week program is designed to provide you with all the tools that you need for successful weight management in your life. Our program offers a workbook, weekly education sessions, cooking demonstrations, behavior and lifestyle modification, goal setting and monitoring, and a personalized nutrition assessment with a registered dietitian. Please call (859) 212-GOAL (4625) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Diabetes Self-Management Outpatient Program
Individual counseling and group classes on managing diabetes are available through the St. Elizabeth Diabetes Self-Management Outpatient Program. Call (859) 301-2466 for more information.
Comfort Care Food Line
St. Elizabeth Healthcare has a new food line for cancer patients and it is the first of its kind that relies on locally grown products
For the past year, St. Elizabeth’s clinical nutrition team has been working with Katelyn Honey, Inc. (KHI) on a Kentucky Proud agricultural and food marketing project intended to boost nutritional intake for cancer and post – cancer patients.
KHI developed a line of fortified soups and other foods - under the Comfort Care™ name - that are ready to go to market with our endorsement. KHI will kick off the program at St. E before going national with their products.
Good for Our Patients, Our Community and Our Planet
The exciting news about the project is that it incorporates a sustainable, green approach, since the products use local food and resources. Likewise, the line is not only packaged in environmentally friendly materials, but the packaging is assembled by workers with disabilities in our community.
The Comfort Care line is formulated to help cancer patients recover by maintaining good nutrition. It includes soups, artisan whole wheat bread, fortified beverages, oatmeal, apple butter, honey and cookies.
These are nutritionally dense products. For instance, the vitamin-rich soups have been created with 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per 8-ounce serving. And all of the ingredients used are free of artificial flavors and preservatives.
These special foods are not available at retail outlets. But, all of the products can be purchased at CentrePoint Café at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Products can also be shipped directly to patients’ homes. For more information regarding Comfort Care products see their web site www.comfort-care-products.com
For more information, please contact either:
View St. Elizabeth's Online Calendar for more information on upcoming nutrition classes such as Healthy Directions and the Foods and Your Heart Nutrition Class at the Cardiac Health Center.