News Release
  January 25, 2013


Kim Menard


Perelman School of Medicine

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HUP Nutrition Team Named Inaugural Winner of A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award

PHILADELPHIA — The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) announced the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)'s Clinical Nutrition Support Services team as one of the inaugural recipients of its 2012 Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction award. Members of the HUP team will be formally accepting the award at ASPEN’s national meeting in February, during Clinical Nutrition Week, February 9 - 12, 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz.

This award identifies and elevates the stature of interdisciplinary nutrition care within an institution or agency and externally in local communities. Clinical nutrition teams, as defined for this award, consist of an identified interdisciplinary group of practitioners with a member from each of four disciplines: dietetics, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

“The Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award honors those hard-working teams who are at their patients’ side every day,” said Tom Jaksic, MD, PhD, W. Hardy Hendren Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Vice-Chairman, Pediatric General Surgery, Surgical Director of the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Boston Children’s Hospital and President, A.S.P.E.N. “Exceptional patient care is the heart and soul of everything we do. So, this highly-respected award category truly compliments our other prestigious clinical nutrition awards and we are thrilled to select The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as one of our inaugural awardees.”

Clinical Nutrition Support Services at HUP is a professional clinical department of 27 people comprised of Registered Dietitians, Clinical Nurse Specialists in Nutrition Support, a Pharmacy Specialist in Nutrition Support and a Dietetic Technician with physician support from the Department of Medicine. Most of HUP's Registered Dietitians have advanced practice specialty certifications in nutrition support, or sub-specialties including oncology, renal or diabetes management. The team provides clinical nutrition care to inpatients at HUP and Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse, completing over 36,000 patient interventions annually and receiving approximately 850 consult requests monthly.  In addition, they provide support for several outpatient clinics (e.g. solid organ transplant, adult Cystic Fibrosis) as part of multidisciplinary specialty teams. 

"Our team is thrilled to be recognized as one of the inaugural recipients of this award from ASPEN," said Lauren M. Hudson, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Clinical Nutrition Support Services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "We are dedicated to providing the best nutritional support possible for our patients, while applying the latest evidence-based practices and research to advance our field."

The team excels in nutrition consultation for high risk patients, management of specialized nutrition support therapies -- enteral nutrition or tube-feeding, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) via intravenous fluids -- clinical nutrition education, as well as education of nutrition interns, pharmacy residents and nursing students. In 1966, Penn's Dr. Jonathan E. Rhoads and his colleagues pioneered the development of intravenous nutrition known as total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

Clinical Nutrition Support Services at HUP is designed as a standalone clinical service, separate from the Food Service department, in a unique but up-and-coming practice model among large University teaching hospitals. The team also has one of only a few Home Nutrition Support programs in the country, managing approximately 90 patients on home TPN and assisting providers with transitioning patients to home while receiving enteral nutrition.

Active in research and at the national level with the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the HUP team produced a combined 18 peer review publications, 4 chapters, 1 abstract, 1 poster last year. The team presents at the national, state and local level about 30 times per year, while working to develop evidence-based practice guidelines and continually evaluating practice standards based on national guidelines and literature review.


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.