Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) dietitian Lorie Bourne, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award by the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Bourne has been employed as a dietitian with PCRMC for 10 years. She currently serves as the dietitian for the Delbert Day Cancer Institute (DDCI), working with cancer patients and survivors.
The Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award recognizes the professional contributions of experienced dietitians in the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietitians are nominated by their peers for this award, and an awards committee reviews all of the nominees before choosing the winner.
“I was humbled to learn that I had received this recognition,” Bourne said. “I am very grateful to be honored by my colleagues.”
Bourne is currently the president of the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 2016-2017. She has served on the Missouri Academy’s executive committee for the past 10 years.
As a dietitian with the DDCI, Bourne helps patients manage the side effects of their treatments, such as nausea, poor appetite and weight loss. In some cases, she assists patients with feeding tubes. Additionally, Bourne offers tips for nutritious diets and speaks to support groups about healthy eating.
Before working at the DDCI, Bourne was a clinical dietitian with PCRMC’s food service department, working as an inpatient dietitian primarily in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Medical Oncology Unit.
To be considered for this award, a dietitian must be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for at least 10 years, be an active participant in the academy’s national, state or district associations and have not previously been selected for this honor. Nominees for this award also must show that they have expanded nutrition services to the public through innovative channels, completed academic research or provided leadership in the academy’s associations and made other significant contributions to the profession.
Bourne will receive her award during the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri.