Nutrition Therapy

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The Clinical Nutrition Services Department provides the following services to meet the nutrition needs of hospitalized patients: 

  • Diet office operations: In collaboration with the foodservice staff, our Dietetic Assistants operate the Diet office to ensure appropriate and satisfying meals get delivered to the patients. Our Hospitality Dietetic Assistants visit patients for meal preferences and assist patients with meal ordering within 24 hours of admission. 
  • NICU Milk Room operations: Our trained NICU Milk room Dietetic Assistants are responsible for human milk storage, mixing and delivery to new moms. 
  • Nutrition screening and education: Our Registered Dietetic Technicians screen patients for nutritional risk and provide basic inpatient diet education. 
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT): Our Inpatient Clinical Dietitian team provides acute care MNT to our hospitalized patients with elevated nutrition risk. They work as part of the medical team to help optimize control of disease states through nutritional assessments, interventions, and treatments plans. 


The Ambulatory Nutrition Services Department provides Nutrition therapy and Nutrition counseling by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for outpatients in a clinic setting. Our goal is to promote healthy eating, prevent disease and help with chronic disease management – to contribute to the health and wellness of our diverse community. 

We collaborate and partner with multiple departments such as Public Health and Ambulatory Health Education Department to cultivate a healthier community. Additionally, we offer continuation of care to patients after they are discharged from the hospital. 

Individual appointment times and one-on-one classes are currently being offered. Group classes are on hold due to COVID-19 until further notice

Most outpatient nutrition services are FREE OF CHARGE and INSURANCE is NOT REQUIRED. Some exceptions apply. 

Specialty nutrition services require a referral from your doctor. Currently, we accept nutrition referrals from SCVMC providers only. Providers, please click here to view referral process.

Nutrition appointments at certain primary care sites (such as Milpitas, Gilroy, Sunnyvale, and East Valley) do not require a referral.

Our Services - Outpatient

Our experienced Clinical Dietitians provide Medical Nutrition Therapy, nutrition counseling/education and meal planning services for the following specialties: 

Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes – Blood sugar management to prevent or control adult diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes – Nutrition management for those with Diabetes during pregnancy.

High Risk Obstetrics – Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) for high-risk non-diabetic pregnancies.

Chronic Kidney Disease – Nutrition intervention to prevent or delay progression of kidney disease in adults.

Hemodialysis – Nutritional intervention for adults with kidney failure on Hemodialysis.

Peritoneal Dialysis – Nutritional intervention for adults with kidney failure on Peritoneal Dialysis.

Physical Medicine and Rehab – Medical Nutrition therapy for patients with neurological disorders, spinal cord & brain injuries, and strokes.

Oncology – Medical Nutrition therapy for cancer patients.

Pediatrics – Medical Nutrition management for individuals <18 years old with various diagnoses.

Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles – Family-centered lifestyle management and medical interventions for children and youth (12 months to <18 years) at risk for Type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle-related conditions.

Cardiology – Nutrition intervention for those with cardiac disorders. 

Gastroenterology – Nutrition therapy for those with gastrointestinal or hepatic disorders. 

Obesity – Medical Nutrition Therapy for adult weight management.

Pulmonology – Nutritional support for adults with lung disease or other related conditions.

Homeless Healthcare – Nutritional guidance and counseling for those in the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP).

HIV – Nutritional intervention and diet counseling for HIV positive individuals.