Department of Food and Nutrition Services is one of the largest departments at
UI Hospitals and Clinics. The department is committed to patient care through
our clinical dietitian services and patient meal service, research, and
education through our dietetic internship.
Food and Nutrition Department provides services for all patient populations
including pediatric, neonatal, adolescent, adult, and geriatric.
Service to specialty units includes the following:
Burn, Renal Center, Oncology and Hematology, Transplant, Geriatric,
Growth Clinic, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
Cardiac Rehabilitation, Digestive Disease Clinic, OB/GYN, Eating Disorders, and
Nutrition Services Provides:
- Timely nutrition
assessment, counseling, nutrition education and instruction as ordered by
the medical staff and/or as defined in departmental policies to meet the
needs of patients’ various backgrounds
- Clinical nutrition care
is provided by 16 Registered and Licensed Dietitians with assistance from
dietetic clerks to a diverse patient population
- Clinical nutrition
services provides services to both inpatients and outpatients of the
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
- Contact a dietitian
- Nutritionally adequate,
attractive, and satisfying meals to patients, staff, visitors, and guests;
with accurate diet modifications for patients as ordered by the medical
- A safe and sanitary
food service environment, according to the standards of quality as
established by federal, state, and local agencies
- The Department of Food
and Nutrition Services employs 345 staff members comprising a total of about
250 Full-Time Equivalents.
- Patient Food Service is
provided for hospital inpatients through room service.
- Retail Food Service is
provided for all staff, faculty, students, visitors, guests, and patients
(as appropriate) through the Compass Café, Staff Dining Room, Atrium Dining
Room, Visitor Dining Room, 6OR Dining Room, Skywalk Corner Café, Art Rock
Café, and Center for Disabilities and Development Cafeteria.
The Food and Nutrition Department is committed to providing healthy
menu choices including a daily “heart healthy” menu item.
- Vending Service is
provided in various locations throughout the University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics. Vending machines
include snacks, hot and cold beverages, and cold food.
The locations of the machines are identified in the department
- Catering Service
provided for any University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics event on a
Department of Food and Nutrition Services is committed to education.
The department has conducted a dietetic internship since 1923.
The UI Hospitals and Clinics Dietetic Internship Program
is currently granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation on
Dietetics Education of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The dietetic internship is a 10-month generalist program offering
management, clinical, research, and community experiences along with 9 hours of
graduate credit in the College of Public Health.