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Honoring AHF’s Retiring Business Partner Leaders AHF is honored to announce the retirement of three of our dedicated industry leaders: Barbara Kane (Ecolab Inc.) – Retired March 31 st Linda Cole (J&J Snack Foods) – Retired March 31 st Paul Childers (US Foods) – Retiring summer 2021 From ASHFSA and HFM to AHF, all three of these individuals have dedicated their long careers, as well as their personal time and efforts, to not only the foodservice industry, but to supporting AHF, its legacy associations, and its members. Their contributions to AHF and the industry have been vast, and we have incredibly big shoes to fill but most of all we’ll ...
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AHF Elections have now begun! Annually, eligible members vote during a 14-day period to elect the incoming officers, directors, and leadership development committee members. This year's elections will run between April 7 through April 21, 2021. Per AHF's bylaws, eligible voters include the primary operator at an Institution and retired members. Business partner, media partner, GPOs, educator, affiliate, and student members are not eligible to vote. It is a privilege to present this year's candidates. Each candidate has a background statement and priority statement available. The elected candidates will serve beginning  January 1, 2022. AHF is a volunteer-led ...
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An AHF Interview with Julie Meddles, Director, Nutrition Services and Gift Shops Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Operators used to in-person survey from the Joint Commission are in for a brand-new experience as surveyors host pandemic-driven virtual surveys. Recently AHF Member Julie Meddles experienced her first virtual survey and took time for an interview with AHF about her experience. AHF asked Julie a series of questions about her survey to compile together the need-to-know tips and tricks for passing your virtual survey with flying colors. AHF: How were you notified of the survey? JM : The accreditation department was notified a few ...
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Author: Patrick LaMont MBA, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center | March 31, 2021 The Food and Nutrition Services Department of the Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center celebrated National Nutrition Month in March with the theme “Personalize Your Plate.” There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. Everyone is unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds, and tastes! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can tailor “healthful eating plans that are as special as you are.” As part of the celebration, the facility had weekly webinars focusing on relevant nutrition topics. Topics included ...
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AHF Launches 2021 Annual Conference Registration AHF launched its 2021 in-person conference registration on March 15th. The conference will bring the Association's members and industry together for 3 days of education, networking, and comradery. AHF is inviting operators, business partners, educators, retired members, affiliates, students, and non-members to join them for the 2021 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas! Registering before the June 1st Early Bird Deadline provides a $100 savings.  Operators can also find other ways to attend for free or at a hugely discounted rate (see below).  The conference will center around its theme "Playbook ...
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Black History Month is coming to a close, but AHF is committed to continuing to highlight, further, and champion the diversity of our membership and member teams. We want to celebrate by highlighting a few of our many diverse leaders and discuss how we can all continue to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our organizations. We asked some of our leaders what Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) meant to them, and how leaders can increase DE&I in their staff team.  SPECIAL RELEASE: AHF is also pleased to release its Diversity & Inclusion session, recorded during our 2020 Virtual Conference, for public viewing until the ...
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Food Management Staff | Feb 18, 2021 Every year, Food Management’s sister site Nation’s Restaurant News names the top leaders in the food service industry, called The Power List. This year, the list focused on leadership, highlighting those in the restaurant industry who exhibited extraordinary guidance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social unrest. These 50 individuals were selected to showcase the best in leadership, inclusivity and progress during arguably the most trying time in the foodservice industry. In addition to the 50 named to the list, we ask our readers to name their leadership candidates to our Readers’ Picks program to recognize ...
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Food Management | Mike Buzalka | Feb 10, 2021 From supply interruptions that alter menus to service model changes and traffic restrictions, the nutrition services team at Saint Francis Healthcare System has adapted with strategies ranging from menu flexibility and expanded grab-and-go offerings to take-home family meal kits for busy hospital staff. Read full article here.
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It's Time to Recognize Our Industry Leaders! The Association for Healthcare Foodservice launched its annual industry awards program on February 3, 2021. AHF's awards recognize leaders from the self-operated industry for their excellence and achievements. Now more than ever is the time for our community to come together and recognize the amazing achievements from the past year. AHF will be accepting nominations for the 2021 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Awards Program until March 31st. AHF Members are encouraged to submit nominations for the 7 available awards listed below. 2021 AHF Awards Benchmarking Award of Excellence This award ...
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February 10, 2021  Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named the recipients of its 2021 Top Achiever Awards. These individual awards recognize professionals from five industry segments for their abilities to not only run market-leading companies but also raise the level of professionalism for the industry overall. The winners of FE&S 2021 Top Achiever Awards are: Operator: David Reeves, system director, food and nutrition services, Lee Health, Ft. Myers, Fla. Consultant: Gina Brinegar, FCSI, CFSP, managing principal and Costel Coca, CFSP, design principal, Webb Foodservice Design, Anaheim, Calif. Manufacturers’ Representative: Christopher East, principal ...
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Foodservice Director | Julianne Pepitone |  Feb. 05, 2021 Congratulations to Legacy Retirement Communities for being recognized as Foodservice Director's Operation of the Month! The Legacy Retirement Communities' foodservice team members have found ways to maintain some normalcy in these most unusual times. AHF's Board member and Legacy's Director of Dining Services,  led his team by keeping residents safe while cultivating conversation and connection. Read the full article here.
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Foodservice Director | By   Benita Gingerella   on Jan. 27, 2021 Last week, the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) hosted a panel discussion with operators in healthcare foodservice. Julie Meddles, Director of Nutrition Services at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, was one of the participants. Here are four stealable ideas shared during the event.  READ FULL ARTICLE
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Food Management | Megan Rowe  |  Jan 25, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has altered the food service landscape at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital. No more self-serve stations. No more room service–style patient menus. And no more cash. Those changes are likely to outlast COVID, says Mark Galvin, director of nutrition services for the 650-bed hospital. Read Full Article HERE.
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Food Management | Mike Buzalka | January 4, 2021 Starting with GrubHub-based remote ordering from three small retail locations this summer, UCSF Health extended it to two main cafes and also launched an experimental destination delivery program this fall. UCSF Health has operated one of the most innovative in-house dining programs in the industry under Food & Nutrition Services Director, Dan Henroid, and his team. Read the Full Article
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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 will ...
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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 Article
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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 Article
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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 Article
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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 intellectual ...
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