MedStar Union Memorial Dietitian Robin Spence, RD, Named 2014 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Recognized for her service in educating and advocating for the field of dietetics, this award demonstrates Spence’s tireless commitment to improving the health and wellness of the community.

May 13, 2014

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital dietitian Robin Spence, MS, RD, LDN, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (MAND). Recognized for her service in educating and advocating for the field of dietetics, this award demonstrates Spence’s tireless commitment to improving the health and wellness of the community.

The highest honor bestowed by MAND, this award is presented yearly to one area dietitian who demonstrates excellence in work achievements; actively participates in national, state or district association activities; and contributes to allied professional and non-allied professional organizations.

“We are honored to recognize this outstanding dietitian for the significant steps she has taken over the past 35 years to strengthen our profession and our organization,” said Sonal Patel, MS, RD, LDN, president elect, MAND. “Her efforts, energy and skills are nothing less than remarkable.”

Beginning her career in 1978 as a nutritionist with the MedStar Health Home Care of Baltimore, Spence joined MedStar Union Memorial 10 years later as an inpatient dietitian, specializing in cardiovascular health. Working with top-ranked cardiologists to provide assessment and instruction to individuals with cardiovascular risk factors and disease, Spence assisted patients after open heart surgery, coronary artery stenting and heart attacks. Spence soon took on the role of outpatient dietitian, providing nutritional counseling to a variety of individuals ranging from bariatric patients trying to lose weight, to athletes looking to build their endurance.

Now focusing primarily on diabetes, Spence currently works with the MedStar Union Memorial Diabetes and Endocrine Center, providing nutrition counseling and meal planning to help patients control their diabetes. Dedicated to the patients of MedStar Union Memorial for the past 25 years, Spence is committed to promoting healthy living and preventing disease.

Spence contributes countless volunteer hours in the community. She is a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and MAND, as well as Dietetic Practice Groups for Weight Management, Diabetes Care and Education and Sports Nutrition & Cardiovascular Health. She sits on the MAND PAC committee and has served in the past as MAND secretary and nominating committee chair.


MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 249-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. As one of the region’s top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial has been caring for members of the community for more than 160 years.

We are renowned for The Curtis National Hand Center, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Heart Institute, and our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine program. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including diabetes and endocrinology, eye surgery, general surgery, oncology, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial was among the highest rated Maryland hospitals based on Consumer Reports rankings in 2013, and is the only hospital in Maryland to receive the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, for six years in a row.

MedStar Union Memorial has ranked among the nation’s top 50 “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, earning national recognition for seven consecutive years. Our excellence in care also has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award), the American College of Cardiology (ACTION Registry Award) and Thomson Reuters (Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success).

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). We are the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial also is designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for the state of Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.

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