Healthcare organizations are best served by self-operated foodservice. AHF drives excellence by developing members to create best practice, advocating for our members, and connecting the leaders that advance the industry.

AHF advances the foodservice and hospitality industry in all healthcare segments by developing our Operator members through:

  • Continuing education opportunities virtually and in-person
  • Real-time idea exchange through our Listserve
  • Innovative equipment and service through our Business Partners
  • Growing with our members as this dynamic industry continues to thrive

If you want to be best, you have to be self-operated … And if you’re self-operated, you need to be part of AHF!

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AHF Congratulates Patti Oliver on her 2017 Silver Plate Award

AHF Member Patti Oliver Recognized For Extraordinary Contributions To Patient And Retail Foodservice

Oliver Wins IFMA Silver Plate Award

McLean, VA – March 8, 2017 – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) today announced that Patti Oliver, director of Nutrition for UCLA Health, is the winner of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) 2017 Silver Plate award for healthcare. IFMA’s Gold & Silver Plate Awards pay tribute to the most outstanding and innovative talents in up to nine segments of foodservice operations.

“It’s wonderful to see Patti recognized for her dedication to both patient and retail foodservice,” said AHF President, Julie Jones. “Her work in implementing hotel style room service for patients, as well as developing cafeteria and patient feeding wellness and sustainability programs, has set a very high bar in our industry.”

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” said Patti Oliver. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this culture shift where the therapeutic power of food is embraced and recognized. It’s so gratifying to experience such a high level of patient and employee satisfaction everyday.”

UCLA Health serves approximately 3 million meals annually. Oliver’s operational highlights include starting a room service patient feeding program, making the healthy choice the easy—and often cheaper—choice in retail operations, purchasing antibiotic-free poultry and beef and local produce and increasing revenue by $4.7 million during her 12 years as director.

Silver Plate winners are nominated by IFMA members and industry leaders and then selected by a distinguished jury, including national trade press editors, foodservice experts and past award winners. The Silver Plate winners will be honored at the National Restaurant Association Show on Saturday, May 20 at the Revel Fulton Market in Chicago, IL.  From the Silver Plate winners, one is chosen by the jury to receive the foodservice industry’s most prestigious recognition, IFMA’s 2017 Gold Plate Award.


Annual Conference Slides Online

Whether you attended Conference and just want to refresh your memory, or didn’t attend and want to see what you missed, conference slides are now online for you! We have uploaded the slide decks from our educational session speakers for all members to view. Click here to enter our member portal and browse the presentations from the 2016 Annual Conference.

AHF Congratulates 2016 Award Winners

Angela O'Neill Partnership in Leadership
Angela O’Neill
Director, Nutritional Services
Hunterdon Medical Center
Becky Amt Spotlight Award
Becky Amt
Director, Food & Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, and Linen
IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Evelyn Sexton Spotlight Award
Evelyn Sexton
Food Service Manager,
IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Jeanine Drake Benchmarking
Jeanine Drake
Director, Nutrition Services,
Flagstaff Medical Center
David Edwards Future Horizon
David Edwards
Hospitality Manager,
Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare
Mary Ruzzi Future Horizon
Mary Ruzzi
Director, Patient Foodservice,
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Veronica McLymont Exemplary Leadership
Veronica McLymont
Director, Food and Nutrition,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 Jones Lifetime Achievement
Julie Jones
Director, Nutrition Services,
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
 Maureen Leugers Making A Difference
Maureen Leugers
Director, Segment Marketing,
Gordon Food Service
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