Wheat Ridge, Colo.,
08:33 AM

Career-long legacy of excellence continues through next generation of caregivers

Sedin Kurtaljia; Caitlin Hall, MS, RD, CNSC; Danielle Sandusky, MS, RD, CNSC; Andrea Ayala, MS, RD; Melinda Murphy MS, RD, CNSC; Jennie Kim, RD; Kristen Davis, MS, RD

Danielle Sandusky, MS, RD, CNSC, began her journey to becoming a Registered Dietician (RD) when she enrolled in a unique culinary nutrition program that combined the clinical science of nutrition with the culinary arts.

After graduating from the program, Danielle served an internship at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, where she realized her passion for clinical nutrition. She later received her master’s degree from Lehman College, in Bronx, NY, and also worked at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

After moving to Denver, Danielle feels fortunate to have landed at Lutheran in March 2022. The team of dieticians she works alongside embody an extraordinary legacy here, with many members working at Lutheran for their whole careers, creating a positive and supportive work environment.

The dietician department is not alone in the phenomenon of having career-long caregivers. At Lutheran, we have created a culture of care that helps train and retain high-quality caregivers like Danielle, and it is common to hear stories of caregivers who dedicate their entire careers to this hospital.

Danielle expressed immense gratitude for "working with the incredible group of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and therapists who support efforts to prevent and treat malnutrition in the hospital setting." She appreciates that Lutheran recognizes the importance of nutrition in patient care and that continuing education is encouraged, allowing her to grow her critical care skills with the help of her colleagues.

Danielle is proud to have achieved board certification in Nutrition Support this year and derives joy in helping others. It's been a highlight of her career knowing that she made a real difference in a patient's life, leading to her being honored with a Circle of Care from the Lutheran Foundation's grateful patient program. Congratulations to Danielle and the legacy of a team helping her reach success!