Nutrition and Food Services - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System


Nutrition and Food Services

Description of services

Our Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists provides the most advanced medical nutrition therapy, based on scientific evidenced to the veterans in Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Our Registered Dietitians & Nutrition experts perform in multiples aspects in our Health System. In each role their expertise is part of the clinical and administrative multidisciplinary teams. In the clinical context through the nutritional assessment and physical exam the Clinical Dietitians tailored the medical nutrition therapy for the veterans. They educate and empowered veterans to achieve an optimal health status which is key for disease prevention, delay complications of existent diseases and improve their quality of life. In the administrative context Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists planned and calculates tailored menus for hospitalized veterans and Community Living Center residents taking into consideration health, psycho-social, behavioral, environmental, ethics and cultural needs. The Administrative Dietitians also served as liaison for the alignment of our institution initiatives with established process in our Service that can include sustainability, service culture, cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion, advanced technology among others.

Hours of Operation

Clinical Dietitians assigned to inpatient areas are available Mondays to Fridays from 7:00am to 5:00pm. On weekends one dietitian is available from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Inpatient Unit. In the Outpatient Clinics, Clinical Dietitians are available Mondays to Fridays from 7:30am to 3:30pm.

Meals are served for hospitalized patients and Community Living Center residents as follows:

  • Breakfast- 7:00am to 9:30am
  • Lunch- 11:30am to 2:30pm
  • Supper/Meal- 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Administrative offices hours of operation: Mondays to Fridays from 7:00am to 4:30pm Kitchen hours of operation: 5:00am to 7:30pm

Key Staff

María A. Mongil, Chief Nutrition and Food Service ext. 110322, 110321

Carrie Lynn Gibson, Assistant Chief ext. 110322,110329

Clarivett Sánchez, Clinical Supervisor Inpatient Unit ext. 110322, 110323

Vilma Cortés, Clinical Supervisor Outpatient Unit ext.131346

Roxana Torres, Dietetic Internship Director ext. 110333

Mayra Román, MOVE! Coordinator ext. 132536

Madeline Ferreira, Service Secretary ext. 110322/110323

Contact Info


  • San Juan VA Medical Center
    Administrative Offices are located in the basement of the main building D-29 next to the Canteen Retail Store

Contact Number(s)

  • 787-641-7582 Ext. 10321
  • 787-641-7582 Ext. 10329

Hours of Operation

  • Mondays to Fridays from 7:00am to 5:00pm