PacMed Nutrition Care – First Hill
Registered dietitians, also called nutritionists, are health care professionals who have specialized expertise in food and nutrition. At Pacific Medical Centers, our dietitians help patients improve their health through better eating habits. This can include assessment of the nutritional care needs, development of nutritional care plans, and diet education/counseling.
Registered dietitians have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a university or college accredited by the American Dietetic Association. They have also completed an accredited practice program and have passed a national examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. All of our dietitians also have certification through the State of Washington.
Dietitians at Pacific Medical Centers recommend dietary changes for patients with chronic conditions. For example, if you have high blood pressure, our dietitian can teach you how to use less salt when preparing meals. If you are overweight, our dietitians can help you reduce the fat and sugar in your diet and create a more healthful eating plan. Our dietitians also work and collaborate with other health care professionals to provide medical nutritional therapy to patients.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring the following items to make the most of your time with the doctor:
- ID and insurance cards
- Your co-pay
- Any X-rays and labs from outside the PacMed/Swedish/Providence network
- A list of your questions and symptoms.
Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to park and check in. Read more details on how to prepare for your visit.
CHECK YOUR COVERAGE
To avoid financial surprises, we recommend calling your insurance before your visit to check your coverage for:
- Pacific Medical Centers
- The provider you’re seeing
- The services or procedures you are coming in for.
It’s good to ask your insurance whether our clinic and provider are in network and what your financial responsibility might be.
If you or a family member are active or retired military, you may be eligible for the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP).
USFHP is TRICARE prime option offering top-quality civilian medical care. USFHP is sponsored by the Department of Defense and has been administered in our region by PacMed for over 30 years.
Call 800.585.5883 to learn more or enroll in the US Family Health Plan (USFHP).