Portermedical center
Home | Find a Provider | MyHealth Portal | Careers | Contact Us     

Nutrition Services Department

Inpatient Services

Good nutrition is a key component of recovering from surgery or illness. We provide nutrition care, advice and education to patients while in the hospital and after discharge from the hospital. Our team works daily to prepare fresh, healthy, appealing foods as well as working a team with the registered dietitians to offer attractive, nutritionally adequate and satisfying menus.

The Nutrition Services Department at Porter Hospital is proud to purchase and prepare local foods and beverages on all of our menus when possible to try and provide you the freshest, high quality foods, support our local farms and business as well as to uphold our commitment of the Healthy Food in Health Care Initiative. Per policy; Sustainable food options are considered in the purchasing decisions for the department to increase staff and patient access to these items and support the local economy.

Some of the Local Farms and businesses used to purchase products include: Maple Meadows Farms, Monument Farms, Cabot, Champlain Orchards, Stonyfield Farms, Stonewood Farms, Stony Point Apiaries, Maine Grind, Harvestland, Vermont Bean Company, Green Mountain Creamery, Garelick Farms, New England Coffee, Maplebrook Farm, Deep River, Grandy Oats, King Arthur Flour, Westminster Cracker, Nitty Gritty Grain Company and Black River Produce when in season/available

Obstetrics Unit - Room Service is available when ordering foods and beverages from 6:00 am through 6:00 pm 7 days per week. Simple foods such as cereal, cheese, crackers, yogurt and juice are stocked daily on the unit.

healthy food in healthcarePorter Hospital has signed the “Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge” to show our commitment to your well-being and our environment.
You can learn more about the pledge at: http://www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org


vermont fresh networkPorter Hospital is currently a member of the “Vermont Fresh Network”, which encourages farmers, food producers and chefs to build partnerships that contribute to stronger local communities and economies.
For more information please see; http://www.vermontfresh.net

The Farm to Plate Network is responsible for collectively implementing the 25 Farm to Plate goals of Vermont’s food system plan as well as advancing their own organizational goals. The Network encompasses farms, food production businesses, specialty food producers, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, capital providers and government. Working Groups, Cross-cutting Teams, and Task Forces convene to work on high impact projects to relocalize the food system that no one organization can do alone, as well as assess gaps, opportunities, and trends and monitor progress towards reaching Vermont’s Farm to Plate goals. http://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/

ACORN's mission is to promote the growth and health of local food and agriculture in Vermont's Champlain Valley. We are working with growers, schools, businesses, and community and statewide partners to double the consumption of locally-grown food by 2020. http://www.acornvt.org/

Outpatient Nutrition Consults

Our outpatient nutritional counseling focuses on helping individuals learn to make healthy food choices, lifestyle changes, weight management, diabetes management and eating disorders counseling and many other nutritional needs. A physician referral is generally required for individual outpatient nutrition counseling.
To contact a staff Registered Dietitian for more information please call 802-388-5620 or 802-388-4776
(For additional resources see “Porter Hospital Network of Physician Practices”)

Cancer Patient Support FoundationThe Cancer Patient Support Foundation of Vermont has awarded a generous gift to Porter Hospital
to support nutritional counseling for cancer patients. The funds will be available to offset any out-of-
pocket expenses cancer patients might otherwise incur, such as gaps in insurance reimbursement for
nutritional counseling. Sarah Lemnah the Executive Director of the Foundation stated “We look forward to our new relationship with Porter, striving mutually to make the journey cancer patients and their families face a bit easier”.

Cafeteria
Visitors and family members are welcome to utilize our cafeteria which provides freshly prepared foods, soups made from scratch, extensive sandwich bar as well as fresh salad bar, and a variety of desserts and beverages prepared daily. Daily you will find local and sustainable food and beverage items, antibiotic free and organic meats, plus rBGH free milk.

The cafeteria is open for business during:

Monday - Friday Breakfast 8:00am-10:00am
Lunch 11:00am-1:30pm
Dinner 4:30pm-6:00pm

Saturday and Sunday Lunch only 11:00am – 1:00pm

Vending Machines are available when the cafeteria is closed and available 24/7. There is two locations with vending machines, please ask for directions if needed. Vending machines include snacks, sweets, fruit, beverages (including milk), sandwiches, salads and Keurig machines with Green Mountain Coffee k-cups.

Please note we have an ATM machine located by the vending machines if needed for food/beverage purchases as the cafeteria does not accept credit cards at this time.

Living with Diabetes
A comprehensive diabetes self management course to include nutrition, medications, monitoring, exercise, stress reduction and acute/chronic complications. This course meets weekly, in a two-hour session, for five weeks and is offered twice a year. 388-4723

Outpatient Nutrition Consults
Our outpatient nutritional counseling focuses on helping individuals learn to make healthy food choices, lifestyle changes, weight management, diabetes management and eating disorders counseling and many other nutritional needs. A physician referral is generally required for individual outpatient nutrition counseling.
To contact a staff Registered Dietitian for more information please call 802-388-5620 or 802-388-4776
(For additional resources see “Porter Hospital Network of Physician Practices”)

Community Garden SignMiddlebury Area Community Garden
On the grounds of Porter Medical Center, to provide a place to cultivate for folks of all abilities who don't have a convenient space to do so at home, with a goal to foster a sense of community, sustainability, and wellness within the Middlebury area If you are interested in participating in a great garden space please visit http://middleburygardens.org for more information regarding application, guidelines, and plot information.

Middlebury Foods We promote a low-cost, sustainable, community-based food system in Addison County, Vermont.
Every month, Middlebury Foods provides wholesome food at unmatched prices to households throughout central Vermont. We work with local organizations, schools, farmers, and communities who believe that nothing should come between families and affordable, healthy food
http://middleburyfoods.squarespace.com/

farmers marketPorter will be hosting a Farmer’s Market every Monday from 10:00am -2:00pm (weather permitting) May through September outside the cafeteria offering a variety of local goods. Items may include bakery, fresh vegetables, starter plants, honey, and maple syrup. We invite local farms to participate and sell their locally grown, farm fresh products. Some vendors also currently participate with Farm to Family!


portermedical Hospital

Porter Medical Center Home |  Hospital Services  |  Helen Porter Healthcare  |  Physician Directory  |  Porter Physicians  

© 2009-2016  Porter Medical Center, 115 Porter Drive, Middlebury, Vermont 05753