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Eric Eisenberg, director of dining services at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore., has officially assumed his new role as board president of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF), effective January 1, 2022. Eisenberg will lead the premier organization for self‐operated food management professionals in healthcare, senior living, long term care and beyond. Eisenberg was recognized as President‐Elect at the organization’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas on Aug. 25, 2021. He joins a diverse leadership comprised of healthcare foodservice professionals who are drawn from the organization’s member base for their expertise and industry experience. Prior ...
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Thank you for your service! AHF would like to recognize the outgoing directors on the AHF Board and Industry Advisory Board whose terms end on December 31, 2021. Thank you for your countless hours of service to help carry the Association forward, during challenging times. Board of Directors: Cyndi Roberts, Immediate Past President Ralph Goldbeck, Kitchens To Go by mobile modular Aatul Jain, Saint Peter's University Hospital Industry Advisory Board Members: Connie Dickson, Rippe Associates Debra Lewis, General Mills Convenience and Foodservice Eric Lipsitt, Computrition, Inc. Bob McNamara, Unified Brands Gina Palladino, ...
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In September 2019, a group of multidisciplinary thought leaders convened at an exploratory seminar entitled: “Mediterranean Diet: Promotion and Dissemination of Healthy Eating”, hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. The faculty discussed best practices for translating traditional Mediterranean lifestyle principles to modern society. Over the last 60 years, robust evidence of many types, in a variety of settings, and in many countries have demonstrated the Mediterranean eating to be safe in both the short- and long-term while promoting health, quality of life, longevity and decreasing the risks of a wide variety of chronic ...
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AHF Releases Inaugural State of the Industry Report Washington, D.C. – Nov. 1, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) released their inaugural state of the healthcare foodservice industry report. AHF conducted a nationwide survey in July 2021. The inaugural report focused on U.S. based hospitals. Topics included in the survey covered patient dining program models, non-patient foodservice trends, future trends, and issues faced as results of the pandemic. “With all the ongoing changes and challenges operators faced this pandemic, it was important AHF captured the current and future states of the healthcare foodservice industry,” said ...
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AHF's Self-Operated Project Committee has released a newly updated and revised version of its "Best Practices in Financial Management in Food & Nutrition Services". The guide is a benefit of AHF membership and is available to all members through the AHF Resource Library or the Self Operated Project Page .  About the Guide This guide is intended to provide leaders in Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) a current understanding of practices in financial management that can assist in approving the overall performance of their departments. We hope to provide seasoned leaders, as well as those who are still developing FNS competencies, with a firm foundation ...
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The Association for Healthcare Foodservice invites those interested in presenting at the 2022 Annual Conference to submit a proposal for review by the Conference Planning Committee. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL AHF operator members are at the forefront of their communities as leaders in improving the lives of the people their facilities serve. AHF’s 2022 conference selection of speakers will be based on the innovative content that can be used in day to day settings of our attendees and operators. This is a great way to gain exposure and present on a topic you are passionate about. AHF operators selected to speak are provided with travel and conference attendance ...
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Why Eskenazi Hospital is opening a food market Shari Rudavsky  |  Indianapolis Star  |  SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 Often as patients leave the hospital after a stay, they stop at the pharmacy to pick up medications prescribed for their recovery. Now at Eskenazi Health, they can stop by the hospital’s new market to pick up nutritious, healthy food to bring home with them. The Fresh for You Market will cater not just to patients but also staff and anyone else who wants to shop there. In addition, Eskenazi health workers will be able to provide patients at risk of food insecurity with vouchers for purchases. “A lot of our patients are living in food deserts. They’re ...
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UC Davis  | FARM-TO-FORK  | SEPTEMBER 08, 2021 After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival is returning, much to the delight of the region’s foodies and culinary experts. And for the first time ever, a hospital chef is highlighted to lead the week’s much sought-after dinner. Executive chef Santana Diaz will lead a group of top Sacramento chef's to serve a 5-course dinner at this year's  Visit Sacramento  Tower Bridge Dinner. Chef Diaz and his team will prepare over 800 dinners for guests using locally sourced healthy and sustainable ingredients. Read the full article HERE .
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From IFMA Website: Antoinette “Toni” Watkins, MS, RDN, System Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Riverside Health System, was named the 2021 Gold Plate Award recipient by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) during the 67th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Awards Celebration. Watkins, representing the Health Care category, was nominated by Basic American Foods and was selected from an impressive slate of this year’s Silver Plate winners. Read The Full Article HERE
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AHF Announces Ralph Goldbeck as 2021 Making A Difference Award Winner Ralph Goldbeck Honored as Leader in AHF and Self-Operated Foodservice Industry Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) announced Ralph Goldbeck, Director of Kitchens to To Go by mobile modular as the winner of the 2021 Making A Difference Award for his steady leadership and dedication to AHF and its community of operators and vendors. The award was presented at the AHF 2021 Annual Conference at the Omni Dallas in Dallas, Texas. The AHF Making a Difference Award recipient is selected by the AHF Industry Advisory Board Chair and given ...
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Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) recognized the winners of its 2021 national awards at its annual conference on August 25, 2021 in Dallas, TX. The AHF awards program consists of seven categories ranging in themes that cover exceptional leadership to improved operations and recognition for managers new to the industry. “Even with all of the challenges we’ve encountered this year, these individuals have still made significant contributions to their facilities and inspired many others in our ever-changing industry,” said AHF President Ryan Conklin, Director and Executive Chef of UNC REX Healthcare. “It’s ...
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AHF Honors Martha Rardin With Industry Lifetime Achievement Award Foodservice System Director and mentor celebrated for her 42 year career   Washington, D.C. – September 1, 2021 –The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) announced on August 25, 2021, at it’s 2021 Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, that Martha Rardin of Hendricks Regional Health is the winner of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is in recognition of her 42-year career in the healthcare foodservice industry during which she mentored many, served as an example of exemplary leadership, and dedicated her life and career to caring for her staff and patients. “Martha’s ...
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The Association for Healthcare Foodservice hosted a successful in-person 2021 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas August 23-26 at the Omni Dallas. AHF brought together nearly 400 operators and vendor partners from across the country to network, learn, and honor 2021 awardees. The conference spanned over three days highlighting key concepts and innovations that operators and vendors have developed over the past 2 years.  The conference theme was "Playbook for the Future: Reset, Renew, and Reconnect". Attendees each received a beautiful design playbook filled with tips, tricks, and information from all of AHF's 2021 speakers allowing them to instantly bring back ...
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Washington, D.C. – August 25, 2021 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) announced the gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team winners of the 2021 AHF annual Culinary Competition. Gold medal winners David Brue, Derrick Claprood, and Amy Patton were presented with the top award at the Culinary Reception during the AHF Annual Conference at the Omni Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Each of the five teams had to utilize a mandatory market basket concept and mystery ingredient. Teams chose either 1 item from Market basket A and 2 from Market basket B or chose 3 items in Market basket B to create their original recipe. Each original recipe was required ...
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By   Julianne Pepitone   on Aug. 09, 2021 | Foodservice Director LinkedI For operations looking to maximize supply, the team at John Knox Village has some ideas. Supply is always top of mind for FSDs, from labor and food to the tools on hand, and that’s truer than ever during the COVID-fueled crunch. So it’s crucial that operations reap the full benefits of everything—and everyone—on hand. Read the full article HERE .
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Mike Buzalka   |   Jul 12, 2021 | Food Management Supporting its existing staff, leveraging automation solutions to ensure continued efficient, quality customer service and emphasizing nutritious, sustainable meal options are the three priorities for Spectrum Butterworth Hospital as it comes out of the pandemic. Read the full article here.
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Tara Fitzpatrick   |   Jul 14, 2021 | Food Management A taste of the tropics has been the celebratory way to say “aloha again” to retail traffic for Advocate Condell Medical Center and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, both part of Advocate Aurora Health, a large hospital system in the Chicago area. Read the full article here.
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Mike Buzalka   |   Jul 14, 2021 Best Concepts: Mobile carts at Rush Medical Center add convenience, reduce café congestion Rush University Medical Center’s mobile cart program has been named winner of the 2021 FM Best Concept Award in the Best Customer Service category. Read the full article here.
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We are proud to announce the following recipients of the 2021 PSJAHF continuing education scholarships.  Brandy McDermott CDM is from Langhorne PA and is currently working at Pennswood Village. She is pursuing a BS in Nutrition at Cedar Crest College. Lydia Mullin is from Caldwell, NJ and is a Senior at LaSalle University, pursuing a BS in Nutrition.   Kevin Collins is from Levittown PA and is currently employed at Inglis House in Philadelphia. He is a lifelong food industry professional and is the first ever recipient of a new scholarship specifically designed to help worthy individuals obtain their CDM certification.   PSJAHF has now ...
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On Sunday, May 23, 2021, former ASHFSA (American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators) and HFM (Healthcare Foodservice Management) president Paul Deignan passed away. Paul B. Deignan, MPS, RD, DHCFA, 81, of Gettysburg, PA., died Sunday morning May 23, 2021 at his home. Born February 6, 1940 in Orange, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Catherine T. (Driscoll) Deignan. He was the loving husband of Mary E. (Davis) Deignan to whom he was married for 58 years. In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, a great grandchild and two siblings. Paul was a lifelong supporter of the industry having been a ...
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