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Clinical dietitian is Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Employee of the Year

Summary: Clinical Dietitian Trina Gardner, RD, LDN of Aurora, is Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Employee of the Year. She is pictured with Brinsley Lewis, the hospital’s chief executive officer.

Glendale Heights – As a clinical dietitian at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Trina Gardner works with patients to make sure their nutritional needs are met. Educating patients – as well as members of the community – on how to eat right for a healthier life is an integral part of her job.


For her thoroughness and follow-through with patients, and for going beyond normal duties to assist her co-workers, she was named the hospital’s 2010 employee of the year.


Gardner, an Aurora resident, consults with hospital patients about their diet at the request of nurses and physicians, and when a nutritional screening process identifies a need. She also does outpatient education and helps staff health fairs. 


“I love my job; I like the people I work with and I know that I’m helping others,” Gardner said. “Hearing from former patients is especially rewarding. One woman called to tell me she was really happy because she made changes in her diet and was able to reduce her blood sugar levels. It helped a lot in managing her diabetes.”


Ellen Royer, M.Ed, RD, LDN, clinical nutrition manager and Gardner’s supervisor, called Gardner “a very dedicated employee and a strong patient advocate.”


“Trina has a generous spirit,” Royer said. “She jumps in to help and does extra tasks to make sure everything gets taken care of, without being asked.”


Gardner was in high school when she first pondered a career in nutrition.


“I had put on some extra weight, and I read an article in a magazine about how to lose weight sensibly,” she said. “When I got to college, I knew I wanted to pursue nutrition as a career. I chose clinical nutrition, which allows me to work with people.”


Gardner earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition at Bradley University in Peoria. She completed an internship at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood.


Gardner has worked at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital for three years. She formerly worked at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, from 1980 to 1990, when she left to raise her family. In 1992, she began working on a registry basis. She was glad when a position opened at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and she was able to work full-time again.


“Our organization’s mission – extending the healing ministry of Christ – means a lot to me,” she said. “The fact that we’re a faith-based organization means my work has a higher purpose.”


Gardner and her husband have two daughters in college, and a son who lives in California.


Gardner was recognized at Adventist Midwest Health’s annual Employee of the Year celebration, held Feb. 10 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Oak Brook. Each Employee of the Year receives a plaque and a $1,000 check.



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-312-7508