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
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