Food Service Directors Recognized for Excellence

The Premier healthcare alliance has announced winners of the 2010 Illuminating Excellence Award, which recognizes accomplishments and improvements in foodservice operations.

2010 Illuminating Excellence Award winners are: Lisette Coston, director of Food and Nutrition Services at Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Okla.; J. Kevin Hart, director of Operations and Foodservice at Salem Senior Housing in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Deon Lategan, director of Residential Dining Services at ColoradoStateUniversity in Fort Collins, Colo.

"We honor the 2010 Illuminating Excellence Award winners for achieving sustained improvements in facility operations including concrete factors such as satisfaction scores and documented budgetary cost savings," said Debby Kasper, RD, LD, Premier manager of Clinical Nutrition. "These executives are improving foodservice offerings in their facilities and enhancing the foodservice experience."

The awards were presented at Premier's annual Foodservice Forum, held in conjunction with its 2010 Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, which drew more than 3,500 healthcare system and supplier attendees to Washington, June 8-11.

Finalists considered for the award were: Sue Alfrets, Foodservice director at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles; Tonya Burnett, director of Nutrition Services at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio; Cheryl Chase, Foodservice director at Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, N.D.; Tim Cooper, executive chef at Birchaven Retirement Village in Findlay, Ohio; Helene Gruber, director of Nutrition Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Ky.; Karen Klinkner, director of Nutrition Services at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, S.D.; Andre Mallie, executive director of Auxiliary Services at The University of San Diego in San Diego; Dave Nirenberg, director of Commercial Services at Cal State University of Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif.; William Park, director/executive chef at Greater Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross in Rochester, N.Y.; Cheryl Shimmin, director of Nutrition Services at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio; Robert Toth, Foodservice director at Saint Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville, Mass.

The Premier Illuminating Excellence Award recognizes accomplishments and improvements in operations, including: patient/resident/student satisfaction scores; documented cost savings; activities that support the values and mission of the organization; participation in the Premier alliance; professional and community activities; and personal achievements in the last year.

Additional information about the Illuminating Excellence Award can be found at: .

About the Premier healthcare alliance, 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,300 U.S. hospitals and 67,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to achieve high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington.

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