Food and Nutrition Services
Meet our Registered Dietitians
Sara Wade MS, RD, LDN – Food and Nutrition Services Director
- Nutrition Education Specialist
- Level 1 Diabetes Educator
- Level 2 Weight Management Certificate
Working with Our Dietitians
Adhering to a diet that meets your specific nutritional needs can be difficult.
Researching the pros and cons of various types of food and keeping track
of all the serving sizes can feel overwhelming, which is why we are here
to help. At Kirby Medical Center, you can work our registered dietitians
to create a healthy, customized diet and activity plan to assist you in
meeting your overall health goals.
With a doctor’s referral, you can receive individual medical nutrition
therapy, diabetes education, or general nutrition education that fit your
lifestyle and future health goals.
Eating plans designed for:
- Gaining or losing weight
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Food allergies
- Kidney disease
- During and after pregnancy
Your insurance or Medicare plan may cover certain nutritional services.
Call your insurance and ask about what services are covered in your plan.
Kirby Medical Center also offers an “out of pocket/prompt pay”
payment if your insurance does not cover the visit. Please call 217-762-1566
to discuss this option.
Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity
If excess weight is taking a toll on your health, turn to Kirby Medical
Center for help. Our new wellness program,
Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity, is specifically designed for individuals with a BMI of 30
or higher – offering ongoing counseling and support to help program
participants meet their weight-loss goals.
Building Your New Healthy Lifestyle
To create your personalized plan, the dietitian will perform a comprehensive
nutritional assessment including past medical history, food, and activity
analysis, biometric measurements, and current support system to assist
you in achieving your best health. With our dietitian, you will receive
- Prioritizing your health goals
- Instilling healthier eating habits
- Creating a meal plan if needed
- Learning what to look for on nutrition labels
- Recreating favorite recipes to fit your healthy lifestyle
- Understanding your lab work results
- Tracking weight and activity toward your desired goal
Service Hours & Dates
- By appointment: Monday – Friday. To make an appointment, ask your
primary physician for a referral and we will schedule you!
The Apple a Day Café
- The Apple a Day Café is located at the end of the main promenade
of Kirby Medical Center. Menus are posted daily at the Welcome Desk and
the dining area offering healthy choices and a wide variety of meal and
Breakfast: 6:30 – 9:30 AM
Lunch: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Open with Grab & Go items and beverages from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Mary Stilley – Assistant Food and Nutrition Services Director
Kirby Medical Center
1000 Medical Center Drive
Monticello, IL 61856
Patient Success Stories
February 2, 2017
"February 2, 2017. After two months no energy and losing weight I visited
my primary care physician for a check over. The news came back that diabetes
was a new reality in my life. I had been warned years before to watch
my carb intake, but never felt bad and kept eating whatever and whenever
I felt like it.
The usual cocktail of medications was prescribed, no insulin thankfully,
a suggestion to attend the Kirby Health dietary planning sessions was
offered. I had attended years before and known it would be beneficial
and a good refresher course. Plus an opportunity to see what had changed.
Kathleen Baran is my new dietitian. We meet and greet, she does the usual
assessment of my health, shares results of the tests that were done, we
discuss my terrible eating habits and shares what I can do with diet and
exercise to put this behind me. Most impressive was the meal plans she
shared. Each meal with several serving suggestions, a carb count that
will make the goals we set, even some snacks to take the edge off of those
between meal cravings. She asked if I could work with what we came up
with. "Yes. I have no choice. The games are over."
Two follow up visits were scheduled consisting of review and adjustments.
She had me log what I had consumed daily, looked over those items, and
assured me it was all good. We watched my numbers slowly drop on the test
meter. It was working!
We still keep in touch, I share the 3 month A1C with her, any questions
I have are answered promptly. It's been a smooth transition.
Six months later, my numbers are those of a normal person. Over 50 pounds
of weight loss. Energy levels are up. I sleep better. Even some aches
and pains have gone away. Vision has improved, the list goes on.
Sincere thanks to Kathleen and the staff at Kirby Medical Center for the
life-changing status of my health. You showed me the way to a quality
lifestyle in the most professional and compassionate way imaginable."
February 1, 2017
"My primary care provider sent me to see Kathleen Baran, the dietitian,
at Kirby Medical Center on February 1, 2017. We agreed on a 9 carbohydrate
per day diet. The first week, my weight went up and down. After that,
it started to show up in the pounds I was losing. By two weeks, I had
lost 2.4 pounds. My weakness is sweet items. By reading the nutrition
facts on products, I learned to satisfy my sweet tooth. I never read the
nutrition facts label before and I noticed a lot of food I was eating
was way too much. Realizing I need to read the label to decide exactly
what the serving portion is, I finally got the idea of counting carbohydrates.
Being on a carbohydrate counting weight program means you need to make
better choices and perhaps smaller portions. In 9 months, I have lost
36.8 pounds. I am thankful to Kathleen. She opened my eyes to how and
what to eat. I’m pretty sure I will follow this diet plan for the
rest of my life. My recommendation is to see Kathleen and get on a low
carb diet, never get discouraged, and never say “I can’t”,
because you can!"