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SMH's Watson is Dietitian of the Year

   Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN,

   MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial Hospital Registered

   Dietitian, Patricia Watson, MS, RD, LD, CDE has been recognized by the Maine

   Dietetic Association (MDA)  as the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year for 2010. 


   Pat is currently Director of Nutrition Services and is a Diabetes Educator at

   Stephens Memorial Hospital, an Instructor for the Nursing Department and

   Graduate and Professional Studies at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, the staff

   Dietitian for Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center --as well as being an active

   member of the MDA board.


   According to the MDA

   announcement about the

   award, as the MDA Public

   Policy Coordinator, Pat has

   made significant

   contributions in public

   policy advocacy for securing

   the future of Maine

   RDs/DTRs. As a Certified

   Diabetes Educator and

   clinical dietitian, Pat is a

   leader and is recognized

   as both a nutrition expert

   and a diabetes expert. She 

   has presented her

   extensive work in dietetics

   and diabetes on numerous

   occasions throughout the

   state. She generously

   shares her knowledge with her students at the ccollege and with her

   colleagues. Pat works quietly and effectively behind the scenes volunteering

   many hours for our profession and is long overdue for recognition by MDA and 



Pat was recognized the first week of November at the annual Maine Dietetic Association's Meet and Greet Social at the American Dietetic Association's 2010 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Boston.


Cook shares, "at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Pat has always sought innovating yet practical ways to work with patients and families toward better nutrition.  She has authored several grants to support these efforts.  We are so delighted, but not at all surprised, that she has achieved this statewide honor.  We are fortunate to have her in our community."



Photo caption:  L-R - Pat Watson, MS, RD, LD, CDE and Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD, Maine Dietetic Association President





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