Stephanie Cook is the Director of Nutrition and Food Services for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. She is passionate about food and nutrition and has spent the last two decades leading initiative aimed at improving nutritional well-being, such as programs for overweight children, developing healthy food policies and combating malnutrition in hospitalized patients. Stephanie, like many living in the Prairies, has ties to the farming community and is committed to shortening the distance food travels and redefining the value of local food. She is a Registered Dietitians with a Master’s of Science from the University of Alberta.
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR)
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is the largest health care provider in southern Saskatchewan, delivering tertiary care in two hospitals in addition to rehabilitation, community, public health and long term care services to a population of 500,000. In keeping with the Regions vision of healthy people, families and communities, Nutrition and Food Services is dedicated to initiatives aimed at improving nutritional well-being. With a conventional food service model, utilizing a combination of out-sourced and in-house prepared foods, and a food budget of 6.5M, the department provides food to four urban facilities, serving meals to over 1300 patients and 3000 staff and visitors daily.
From Farm to Hospital
Just delivered to RQHR chefs, local saskatoon berries! On the menu: delicious and healthy fruit cobbler for patients’ and the cafeteria.
Going Local and Growing Saskatchewan
In keeping with the RQHR’s goal of enhancing the patient experience and systems sustainability, Nutrition and Food Services is working on increasing the amount of food we purchase from growers right here in Saskatchewan. In addition to saskatoon berries, we are purchasing potatoes grown just down the road in the Craven Valley and are seeking a local supplier for oats and barley. With Saskatchewan having nearly 40% of Canada’s total cultivated farmland and 97% of farms family-owned, buying local benefits us all!