Our People in Profile: Nutrition and food services host helps patients to take their minds off illness with warm smile and good food

Nutrition and food services host Roddy DeLeon.
Nutrition and food services host Roddy DeLeon (Perry Jackson Photography).

Roddy DeLeon loves his role as a host with nutrition and food services. He serves patients at the Halifax Infirmary and Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. 

DeLeon can be found bringing patients their menu, helping to get their food ready to serve, delivering their meals and taking their trays away afterward.

Most importantly, he builds rapport with patients with a warm smile and friendly attitude, helping to take their minds off their illness temporarily.

“My favourite part is the people,” DeLeon said. “People see doctors and nurses and they sometimes get bad news. I like to come into a room and put a smile on people’s faces.”

DeLeon also knows the power of good food in helping patients get well, and he’s happy to be part of that equation.

Sometimes after patients have recovered and returned home, they’ll see and acknowledge DeLeon in the community. “I really like being able to talk to people and have them remember me after. I think that part is really cool, too.” 

Thank you, Roddy, for doing your job with so much heart and providing patients with excellent service!