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The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) and its members are celebrating AHF’s “Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week TM ” October 4-10, 2020. This year’s theme is "Healthcare Foodservice: Heroes Work Here." This week is set aside annually to honor healthcare food and nutrition professionals in self-operated facilities. We recognize the teams who demonstrate every day why self-operation is the industry’s best practice. During this week AHF Members and foodservice operators from across the country take this time to honor and recognize their teams for the past year’s efforts. Now more than ever AHF recognizes the need for this recognition. AHF members ...
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Food Management | Mike Buzalka | October 8, 2020 With the threat of the coronavirus crisis looming, Spectrum Health made plans for setting up surge capacity in alternate sites like Grand Valley State University. Kevin Vos, senior director of hospitality support services for the system, talks about what went into preparing the foodservice component of the alternate site planning. Read the Full Articl
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Food Management | Megan Rowe  |  Sep 21, 2020 From self-serve stations to supply glitches, a Pennsylvania healthcare system pivots to address the pandemic era. Danville, Pa., based Geisinger runs a hodgepodge of hospitals throughout the state, from a 440-bed facility that in pre-pandemic times did north of $6 million in retail foodservice a year, to a boutique property that serves eight to ten patients a day. The health and safety demands of a pandemic, supply chain glitches and a steep drop in clients demanded a foodservice strategy that would work for all of them. Read Full Artic
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On August 26, 2020,  Patti Oliver was recognized as one of the 100 trailblazing women who are making a tremendous impact at UCLA Health. UCLA Health launched “100 in 100,” a celebration of Women’s Equality Day on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution establishing women’s right to vote.  Congratulations to AHF past president and 2014 AHF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Patti Oliver for her honorable recognition! Check out the 100 in 100 Website About Patti Oliver, MS, RD, MBA Administrative Director of Nutrition at UCLA Health, overseeing Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa ...
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Food Management | Amanda McCorquodale  |  Sep 09, 2020 Senior living dining program rallies to maintain community spirit in the time of coronavirus.  Legacy Retirement Communities innovate in how they serve residents under new restrictions. Two weeks before nationwide guidance came out about social distancing precautions to prevent transmission of coronavirus, Legacy Retirement Communities proactively shut down all dining room operations and transitioned to full room service across its three campuses in Nebraska. Learn More | Read Full Artic
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The Association for Healthcare Foodservice closed out its 2020 Virtual Conference on Thursday, September 3, 2020, with a final closing ceremony and a keynote presentation by Eric Eisenberg. The conference took place across a four-week period from August 11 th to September 3 rd , with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday offering operator attendees with busy schedules an earlier format to participate in. The conference closed with rave reviews from over 460 attendees. Eisenberg finalized the conference with a presentation titled "CREATE Commitment – The Cultural Balance Between Leaders and Those We Serve." The session discussed the human emotional and ...
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Arlington, VA – August 27, 2020 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) today announced that Centra Health has won the AHF People’s Choice Award and Hennepin Healthcare has won the Best Video Award. The two awards were presented Thursday, August 27, 2020 at AHF’s 2020 Culinary Showcase Ceremony, during the AHF 2020 Virtual Conference. The AHF Culinary Showcase is a brand new event developed in 2020 during a time when AHF’s chefs could not travel due to COVID-19 for AHF’s signature event “The AHF 2020 Culinary Competition” originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida during AHF’s cancelled in-person conference. The Culinary Showcase incorporates ...
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Arlington, VA – August 12, 2020 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) today announced the Association, and self-operated foodservice industries, top awards to six healthcare foodservice operators. The awards were presented Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm ET at AHF’s 2020 Virtual Conference Award Ceremony. AHF’s annual awards program is a mechanism to identify and highlight members of the AHF community and self-operated foodservice industry for their achievements. It is a prestigious honor to receive an award. AHF is honored to be able to recognize the following leaders for excellence in the field of self-operated foodservice: Exemplary ...
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AHF Member Annemarie Vaupel Receives Top Business Partner Award Vaupel Wins AHF Making a Difference Award Arlington, VA – August 20, 2020 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) today announced that Annemarie Vaupel, Director of Marketing, Hormel Foods Corporation has won the AHF Making a Difference Award. The award was presented Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm ET at AHF’s 2020 Virtual Conference Award Ceremony. AHF’s annual awards program is a mechanism to identify and highlight members of the AHF community and self-operated foodservice industry for their achievements. It is a prestigious honor to receive an award. Annemarie ...
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AHF Member Dave Reeves Receives Highest Honor Reeves Wins AHF Lifetime Achievement Award Arlington, VA – August 20, 2020 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) today announced that Dave Reeves, Director, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has won the AHF Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm ET at AHF’s 2020 Virtual Conference Award Ceremony. AHF’s annual awards program is a mechanism to identify and highlight members of the AHF community and self-operated foodservice industry for their achievements. It is a prestigious honor to receive an award. Dave began his career at Edward-Elmhurst ...
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Food Management announces 2020 Best Concept Award winners Mike Buzalka | Aug 05, 2020 Best Wellness Concept—meal box program, CentraState Health System In an effort to assist COVID patients with recovery and to celebrate their being discharged, the CentraState food service team created boxes of food and meals to be sent home with patients. The nutritious meals are designed not only to help the former patient continue to regain health but also to tide them and their families over after an especially traumatic experience. READ MO
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Marygrace Taylor  |  Jul 14, 2020 | Food Management Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s dining operations underwent major changes this spring in response to the coronavirus. But even at the peak of the crisis, nutrition services director Julie Meddles, MS, RDN, LD, strove to maintain some sense of normalcy—and keep offering satisfying food for her customers. READ
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The AHF Virtual Conference Registration is now open beginning at just $95 per operator member (or less - grab your friends)! Visit the website to find out more information about key education sessions, powerful speakers, and networking breaks. The 2020 Virtual Conference will be a great way to connect with self-operated peers and business partners who lead with innovative products and services. Check out a sneak preview of our planned sessions (covering more than 15 CEU's through ANFP, AND, and ACF): Save Your Seat!   Opening Keynote: Industry Trends with Mark DiDimenico from Dataessentials:  Get an update on industry trends, highlight, data and more ...
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Mike Buzalka  |  Jul 09, 2020 | Food Management Originally intended as a point-to-point mobility service within the gated community, the Optimus Ride vehicles adapted to providing home delivery of meals and packages to the more than 500 residents of Paradise Valley Estates. Read the full article HER
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The AHF Virtual Conference Registration is now available! Visit the website to find out more information about key education sessions, powerful speakers, and networking breaks. The 2020 Virtual Conference will be a great way to connect with self-operated peers and business partners who lead with innovative products and services. REGISTRATION Registration gives operators access to more than 15 hours of CE content accredited through ANFP, AND, and ACF. Registration starts at just $95 per operator (less than $6 per credit hour). We hope this provides the highest level of access during this difficult time.  Operator, Educator, Affiliate, Retired Member Rates: ...
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July 2, 2020 |  Lisa Arnett | FER Sally, Flippy, Moley, Briggo, Blendid  —from the buzz in the media alone, one might assume that food-preparation robots are one of the biggest trends in foodservice design right now. Read the full article here
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July 2, 2020 | Janice Cha, Fe3 | FER When Kootenai (rhymes with boot-knee)  Cafe, the new destination dining spot for Kootenai Health, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, opened in February, its wellappointed stations (stone-hearth oven, a crowd-pleasing circular griddle, high-speed sandwich presses, ranges suites) aimed to create a culinary smorgasbord for guests and hospital staff alike. But when the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down a month later, its flexible design allowed the cafe to continue operating under new rules. Read full article he
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Mike Buzalka  |  Jun 26, 2020 Rachel Graham, chief clinical dietitian for John Knox Village and its Woodlands skilled nursing and rehab facility, talks about how the senior living community has had to modify its communal approach to resident dining because of the coronavirus crisis while still giving residents opportunities for socialization in a safe way. Read full article
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We invite you to participate in our inaugural Culinary Showcase! With the recent decision to transition our in-person conference to a virtual conference, we will defer our 2020 Culinary Competition entirely to next year in Dallas, Texas.  However, we are pleased to offer a new virtual event to our membership called the Culinary Showcase. This Culinary Showcase will be fun, entertaining, and highlight AHF's culinary talent.   To participate, start thinking of an original recipe and find a team member to submit your application before July 14th.  The submission process has been streamlined to allow for easier participation. The winners ...
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Becky Schilling | Jun 22, 2020 | Food Management Kardia at UNC REX Healthcare recently opened, with a limited menu, eliminated seating and enhanced cleaning policies. Chef manager shares how his team reexamined their style of service, restructured their cook line to include proper spacing and social distancing, and kept guest and staff safety in their forefront. Read Full Article Her
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