GNJSHFSA – Clinical Workshop – March 18, 2016

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The GNJSHFSA hosted an event on Friday, March 18, 2016 at CentraState Medical Center.  More than twenty people attended!

GNJSHFSA_WorkshopThis workshop focused on RD order writing privileges and the current trends on gluten free menus in healthcare.

Executive Chef Deanna Curry and her staff prepared a beautiful menu of small plates featuring all gluten free items.  Also, there was a live crepe demonstration featuring gluten free buckwheat crepes.

IMG_6411After lunch, Anthony Dissen, MA, RDN discussed the topic of gluten free menus in healthcare.  One of the main concepts conveyed was the idea that gluten free foods are likely already part of the facility’s menu.  

Providing patients with options and tweaking existing menus so that each day has a gluten free option are some ways to easily incorporate this dietary need into your kitchen.  Tips to avoid cross-contamination were provided.  Also, pre-packaged gluten free food replacements were discussed.

The second half of the seminar was an open discussion on RD order writing privileges which have been recently implemented in three area facilities.  The discussion was led by a panel:


  • Aimee Crant-Oksa MS, RDN, FAND from CentraState Medical Center
  • Rajesh Kumari MS, RDN, DSC from Overlook and Chilton Medical Centers
  • Laura Taddeo RD from Monmouth Medical Center

Each panelist discussed the successes, challenges and lessons learned from the implementation of RD order writing at their facility.

A Q&A session followed where other RDs and Clinical Nutrition Managers were able to glean further info on implementing the process in their own facilities.  Each panelist also provided printed materials used for “privileges” at their facility and what each of their advisory boards approved.

It was a lively, interactive, and insightful program, and the feedback from attendees was outstanding.IMG_6406 (1)