It’s no secret that our FANS Department has accomplished a lot over the past couple of years. Going from the bottom 5% to the top 10% in patient meal satisfaction is no easy task and the only way for it to occur is to prepare great tasting food.
Our cooks are great but they’re not born great cooks, they’re trained. The training is extensive and a couple of our cooks just graduated from Culinary Academy. Here’s some info:
On October 18, Mike Bailey and Vickie Thrasher of the Food and Nutrition Services Department at GVMH graduated from Chef Don Miller’s Healthcare Culinary Academy. Ron Sabitini, Certified Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations from Don Miller & Associates was on hand for the presentation. Also presenting awards were Randy Wertz, CEO of Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare and Craig Thompson, Assistant Administrator/Professional Services at GVMH. In order to successfully complete the Culinary Academy, the cooks have spent the past eighteen months enhancing their culinary skills, studying official chef terminology, and perfecting the recipes used at GVMH. In addition, the staff had to be recommended for and successfully pass the healthcare culinary exam.
Golden Valley began participating in the Healthcare Culinary Academy in February 2008 which includes some traditional classroom instruction, written examinations, along with on-the-job training and observation by supervisors. Six certified executive chefs, from coast-to-coast, have worked with the GVMH cooks.
The experience has changed the way the GVMH cooks approach meal preparations on a day-to-day basis. For example, every day, staff samples the foods and “score” the flavor, appearance and taste. Anything made from scratch that doesn’t receive a perfect score of 10 is discussed at a cook’s meeting, where together they strategize on ways to enhance that particular menu item.
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Great job Mike and Vickie – I’m proud of your commitment to improving yourself and our services!