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Nutritional Counseling

​​Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health. That is why Hemphill County Hospital's Department of Nutritional Services offers a variety of nutritional counseling services and resources—whether you are an inpatient, outpatient, or a member of the community.

Our expert nutritional counseling services are provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist with degrees in clinical nutrition and dietetics. To maintain their national registration and state licensure, dietitians must participate in ongoing professional education—so you can be sure you are getting the most up-to-date information and guidance about diet and nutrition.

What is Nutritional Counseling?

Good nutrition helps you heal from surgery or illness. If you’re hospitalized, our clinical dietitian conducts a comprehensive nutritional assessment to make sure you are well-nourished by designing an individualized care plan to meet your specific medical and lifestyle needs and by providing nutrition education, as needed.

Our dietitian works closely with nurses and primary care providers to identify any patients in need of nutritional intervention. Our dietitian conducts in-person evaluations, including with family members, and provides appropriate education and recommendations for improving each patient’s nutritional status.

What types of health concerns will benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy?

  • Diabetes Mellitus—Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational
  • Kidney Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease—Congestive Heart Failure, Elevated Lipid Levels, High Blood Pressure, etc.
  • Obesity
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Childhood Obesity
  • And much more…

What kind of advice can I expect to receive from a Dietitian?

  • Nutritional Living Skills—Explains the basics of nutrition
  • Carbohydrates—Teaches how to count carbs
  • “Balanced Plate Method”—Utilizing food models, demonstrates how a balanced plate of food appears
  • Grocery Shopping—Assists with choosing wisely
  • Self-Management of Diabetes—Teaches patients how to manage diabetes on a daily basis at home

Can Nutritional Counseling benefit me?

Medical Nutrition Therapy helps you choose foods designed to improve your health and well-being. Ruth Ann Givens will work with you one-on-one (in a private, confidential setting) to establish a plan to make you feel better and stay healthy!

Meet Our Team

Ruth Ann Givens, MS, RD/LD

Ruth Ann Givens grew up in Arnett, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University, and is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Texas and Oklahoma.

With over 22 years' experience in our region, Ruth Ann offers knowledgeable and sound advice you can trust. Her family has ranched in Ellis County for over a century, so Ruth Ann definitely relates to our rural way of life. Rest assured, unpractical, crazy meal plans are not in her game plan...nor will they be in yours!

VANESSA-GONZALES-CDM-CFPP-Dietary-Director

VANESSA GONZALES, CDM, CFPP

HCHD Dietary Director

If you're ready to make some positive changes toward a healthier you, visit with your primary care provider about Nutritional Counseling Services at HCH - it just might be what the doctor orders!

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