Nutrition and Food Service - Battle Creek VA Medical Center
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Battle Creek VA Medical Center


Nutrition and Food Service

Nutrition and Food Service
What We Do

The Battle Creek VA Medical Center Clinical Nutrition staff provides comprehensive nutrition care to Veterans and their families through a broad range of programs and services utilizing evidenced based nutrition care through the use of Medical Nutrition Therapy.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Ambulatory Care Clinics (Primary Care Clinics)
  • Interdisciplinary Programs (i.e. Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM)/Healthier Living With Chronic Conditions, MOVE! Weight Management Program and Bariatric Surgery)
  • Acute Inpatient Care and Mental Health, Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) and Medical Foster Home (MFH) Care
  • Extended Care (Community Living Centers, Palliative Care and Hospice, Respite Programs, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Treatment Programs)
  • Interdisciplinary Team functioning (Wound Care, Dysphagia, and Nutrition Support)
  • Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (RRTP) and Domiciliary
  • Inspection Team functions in Community Nursing Homes, Grant Per Diem Housing and Day Care Programs (Residential Day Care and Adult Day Health Care)
  • Wellness and Culinary Health on Wheels (CHOW)
  • Cart/Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) which provides cooking demonstrations to teach Veterans how to prepare and eat healthy food choices.
  • Diabetic Group Classes
Key Staff

Service Chief

Mary Cleven
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 35383

Assistant Chief

Karen Maye
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 35385

Food Service System Manager

Andrea Burlingham, RD
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 35386

For general service information, call (269) 966-5600, Ext. 35381.

Service Information

The clinical nutrition section of N&FS consists of nine Registered Dietitians in the following areas:

  • Three inpatient Registered Dietitians
  • Four out-patient Registered Dietitians (covering the medical center outpatient clinic and CBOC – Benton Harbor, Grand Rapids/Wyoming, Lansing and Muskegon)
  • A MOVE! Program Coordinator Registered Dietitian
  • A Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Registered Dietitian. Located under HBPC Program/Rural and Community Health Program Section.

As nutrition experts the Registered Dietitians provide comprehensive evidenced based nutritional care through the use of Medical Nutrition Therapy across the continuum of care and ensure effective nutrition education and counseling. The Dietitians mentor and educate dietetic interns/students through several University based Dietetic internship programs (i.e. Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University).

The administrative section of N&FS has a Registered Dietitian overseeing the three week cycle menu, food ordering, and recipe management. Approximately 800 meals per day are prepared by cooks utilizing a convection advanced meal production system. Four kitchen supervisors monitor food and nourishment preparation, delivery, and tray line meal plating for 3 meals and 7 days per week along with the supervision of the Veterans Canteen Service Patriot Café activities 5 days per week. Meals are served in 8 dining areas across the medical center ranging in tray or café style service along with bedside delivery of trays.

Programs within this service are listed below-

Contact Info


  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center
    Bldg 5

Contact Number(s)

  • 269-966-5600 Ext. 35381

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.