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3-20-17 AHF Announces Martha Rardin as President-Elect

3-17-17 The New Culinary Frontier: Hospital Food

3-17-17 Healthcare Trends

3-17-17 Mediterranean Concept at Heart of New UNC REX Health Cardio Campus

3-16-17 Register Today for the AHF Culinary Training Program

3-8-17 AHF Member Patti Oliver wins IFMA Silver Plate Award

3-3-17 Hospital Takes 52 Weekly Steps to Healthier Dining

3-1-17  AHF Culinary Competition – Get Your Winning Team Together


2-28-17 AHF Members Examine “Managing by Metrics and Rounding” at 2017 Menu Directions Conference

2-27-17 Solutions 5 Conference Examines the Future of Food

2-21-17 New York City Hospitals Get Healthy

2-13-17 Bento Boxes Debut in Pilot Program at Bryan Med Center

2-9-17 Hospital’s Renovated Cafe Offers New, Updated Services

2-8-17 Robots Ease Tray Delivery to Far-Flung Hospital Wings

2-6-17 Healthcare Innovator of the Year: Geisinger Health System

2-6-17 2017 Solutions5 Event

2-2-17 An American Chef’s Inside Look at How Patients are Fed in Australia and New Zealand

2-1-17 FER 2017 Industry Service Awards


1-31-17 2017 Conference Save the Date

1-27-17 No More Junk Food in Vending Machines and Cafeterias at Intermountain Healthcare Facilities

1-27-17 AHF Offers Student Internships in Conjunction with its Annual Conference

1-27-17 Reading Hospital Using Robots to Help Patients

1-24-17 AHF Launches Chapter of the year Award

1-23-17 2017 Internship Program: Nominations Accepted

1-17-17 Robots Lend Function to Everyday Operations

1-10-17 Equipment Update Boosts Hospital Kitchen’s Efficiency and Productivity



12-15-16 Health System launching Center of Innovation and Excellence

12-13-16 Rethinking Food Safety With New Approaches

12-13-16 The Five “W”s of Entering a Cooking Competition

12-13-16 Engage Staff to Help Meet Financial Goals

12-12-16 Vegetarian Chef Challenge Yields Fresh Ideas

12-12-16 25 Important Catering Conferences in 2017

12-8-16 Self-Operated Foodservice Groups Take New Approach To Tackling Food And Workplace Safety


11-28-16 Nutrition in the Changing Healthcare Landscape

11-15-16 Leisa Bryant: Winning by Learning

11-7-16 Farm Symbolizes, Promotes Hospital’s Wellness Mission

11-7-16 Cost of “Free” Coffee a Wakeup Call


10-28-16 Self-Service Kiosks Drive Sales at OSU Wexner Medical Center

10-27-16 Huntsville Hospital Dining Delivers the Goods -Literally- At Lunchtime

10-18-16 6 Philly-area Hospitals Recognized for Getting Hospital Food Right

10-17-16 What is Chef’s Council?

10-17-16 5 Catering Trends for 2017

10-17-16 2017 Trend: Street Sense

10-17-16 2017 Trend: Making More With Less

10-17-16 2017 Trend: Health on the Menu

10-17-16 2017 Trend: 24/7 Dining

10-17-16 Steal This Idea: Host Quirky Themed Days

10-17-16 Tips for Communicating Advancement Opportunities to Employees

10-17-16 How One Operator Tackled Malnutrition

10-13-16 Geisinger Hones, Expands Healthful Menu Initiative

10-10-16 Christine Guyott FCSI Named Consultant of the Year

10-3-16 Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week™ is October 3 – 9


9-28-16 Take-and-Bake Pizza Makes the Rounds at Rex Healthcare

9-28-16 Benchmarks Gauge and Improve Efficiencies

9-20-16 SHFM Presents Awards, Names New Officers at Annual Conference

9-15-16 Thomas Thaman: Creating a healthy oasis in a food desert

9-12-16 AHF Elects Christine Guyott As Chair of Its Industry Advisory Board

9-12-16 AHF Elects Christine Guyott As Chair of Its Industry Advisory Board

9-1-16 Julie Jones Begins Term as President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice


8-30-16 Hospital FSDs Fighting a Battle Against Corrugated Cardboard

8-22-16 Hospital Food: Gross or… Absolutely Delicious

8-22-16 AHF S.O. Connected Magazine Wins Graphic Design USA Inhouse Design Award

8-8-16 Valley Chefs Recreate Award-Winning Dish

8-2-16 Which Healthcare Trend to Chase, Watch or Tackle?


7-27-16 3 Things to Know About GeisingerHealth System’s New Corporate Executive Chef

7-20-16 Valley Earns Top Honors at National Healthcare Culinary Competition

7-18-16 Award-Winning Chef to Showcase Talents at Camp Lejeune Aug. 2

7-6-16 Debra Ryan, Care One, Woodcrest, NJ

7-1-16 Angela O’Neill, Hunterdon Medical Center, NJ


6-24-16 AHF Announces 2016 Presidential Service Award Winners

6-23-16 Six Healthcare Industry Chefs Take Top Honors at the AHF 2016 Culinary Competition

6-17-16 Six Healthcare Industry Chefs Take Top Honors At The AHF 2016 Culinary Competition

6-15-16 2016 Silver Plate Series: Health Care

6-15-16 AHF Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Foodservice Industry Visionary

6-15-16 AHF Announces 2016 Making a Difference Award Winner

6-3-16 Culinary Competition Media Advisory

6-1-16 A Foodservice Pro You Should Know: Julie L. Jones

6-1-16 Cultivating Sustainability and Collaboration in Healthcare Foodservice

6-1-16 Game Changers in Healthcare Foodservice


5-4-16 AHF Names 2016 Culinary Competition Finalists

5-3-16 AHF Names 2016 Culinary Competition Finalists


4-22-16 AHF Announces 2016 Award Winners

4-20-16 AHF to Honor 4 Directors of Nutrition at Annual Conference

4-20-16 AHF Announces 2016 Award Winners

4-20-16 Good and Good For You

4-8-16 Hospital Designs Safe Space for Allergen-Free Prep


3-30-16 AHF Member Diane Imrie Wins IFMA Silver Plate Award

3-25-16 AHF Announces Election Results

3-24-16 The Association for Healthcare Foodservice Announces David Reeves as President-Elect

3-24-16 A President Elect of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice Plans to Push the Segment Forward

3-7-16 AHF member Diane Imrie of University of Vermont Medical Center wins the 2016 IFMA Silver Plate Award


2-29-16 NPR: The Orderly Zipping Around the Hospital May Be a Robot



8-14-2015 AHF Names New Board
8-13-2015 AHF Introduces New Board of Directors
8-3-2015 FM announces 2015 Best Concept Award winners
The University of California San Francisco Medical Center and he Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center both featured

7-9-2015 Egg shortage hits healthcare industry
7-7-2015 Gold medal for Swan Creek chefs Patrick Young, Stacy Chesney
7-1-2015 Internships Provide Introduction To Industry

6-24-2015 AHF’s Annual Meeting Honors Eight Members
6-22-2015 AHF Recognizes a Quartet of Foodservice Professionals
6-11-2015 AHF Honors Beth Yesford with Lifetime Achievement Award
6-11-2015 Long-term-care chefs win AHF Culinary Competition
6-10-2015 Swan Creek Retirement Village Chefs Place First in National Culinary Competition
6-9-2015 AHF Culinary Competition Winners Announced
6-9-2015 Healthcare chefs strut their stuff at AHF Culinary Competition
6-8-2015 Editor’s Note: Grin and bear it
6-1-2015 Creativity is the Cure for Healthcare Foodservice
6-1-2015 Kitchen and Café Renovations at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus

5-30-2015 Not your grandfather’s hospital food: Health systems make meals part of population health
5-13-2015 AHF’s Annual Meeting In June Includes Honors For Six Members
5-7-2015 Association for Healthcare Foodservice to honor two directors of nutrition, chef at annual conference
5-7-2015 AHF Honors Director of Nutrition at Avista Adventist Hospital

4-27-2015 Culinary Competition Finalists Announced
4-14-2015 AHF Announces Six Award Winners

3-21-2015 N.C. hospital chef bests restaurant peers in culinary contest
3-18-2015 AHF Elects New Board
3-17-2015 AHF Announces 2016 Board of Directors
3-13-2015 AHF Announces Election Results

2-5-2015 Seattle Conference Crosses Segment Lines
2-2-2015 Five things we learned at the industry’s Solutions 3 Conference

1-21-2015 Personnel Moves
1-9-2015 AHF Names New Executive Director

10-6-2014 Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week™ is October 6 – 12
9-12-2014 2015 Solutions 3 Conference
8-21-2014 Networking Pays Off
8-21-2014 Networking pays off
7-31-2014 Don’t Be Shy Telling Your Story
7-31-2014 Aatul Jain Q&A: Cracking the Code
7-7-2014 Why You Should Hire an Executive Chef
7-1-2014 Starting The Gaze Into My Crystal Ball
6-19-2014 Signature Series: Seafood, part two
6-19-2014 Bodacious Beans and Bass
6-16-2014 New healthcare model to impact foodservice
The Affordable Care Act will mean changes for hospital patients, staff and visitors.
6-12-2014 Wired for health
Nutrition apps seem to be all the rage, but can they really help us become more fit?
6-11-2014 AHF Presents Top Awards To Oliver, Hynes At Annual Conference
6-10-2014 2014 Silver Plate: Lisette Coston
6-9-2014 Aatul Jain, Saint Clare Win AHF Culinary Competition; Oliver Earns Lifetime Achievement
6-9-2014 Whole Grains for the Whole Menu
6-9-2014 Oliver, Hynes honored at AHF Conference
6-6-2014 Patti Oliver Receives “ Lifetime Achievement ” Award
6-6-2014 Richard Hynes Receives “ Making a Difference ” Award
6-5-2014 Video motivation
Videos can be a powerful way for speakers to get their messages across
6-5-2014 Saint Clare’s Hospital wins AHF Culinary Competition
6-2-2014 Smiles Served Daily
6-2-2014 Healthcare Foodservice Takes the Lead with Creative Solutions
6-2-2014 What Keeps You Up at Night?
6-2-2014 To Be the Best: Laura Watson
When you think about your career — when you think about your industry — what is it that you think about most?
6-2-2014 Welcoming Change and Enhancing Patients’ and Customers’ Experience: A Q&A with Lisette Coston, MBA, RD/LD
5-14-2014 Healthcare Foodservice Award Winners Announced
5-10-2014 Healthcare Spotlight: 2014 Silver Plate Lisette Coston
5-10-2014 AHF Awards Honor Healthcare Professionals
5-9-2014 AHF to Honor Foodservice Leaders Next Month
5-9-2014 AHF Announces Culinary competition Finalists
5-8-2014 Crystal McVey Receives “Spotlight” Award
5-8-2014 Castle Rock Adventist Hospitals Team Receive s “Spotlight” Award
5-8-2014 Thomas Thaman Receives “ Partnership in Leadership ” Award
5-8-2014 Joyce Hagen – Flint Receives “ Exemplary Leadership ” Award
5-8-2014 Nicholas Mercogliano Receives “ Future Horizons ” Award
5-5-2014 Martha Rardin Receives “ Partnership in Leadership ” Award
4-18-2014 Silver Plate Awards 2014: Meet the Winners
4-14-2014 Silver Plate Awards 2014: Lisette Coston
3-27-2014 The Beginning of A Beautiful Friendship
3-24-2014 St. Charles Hospital Wins AHFNY Big Apple Culinary Competition
3-19-2014 AHF Unveils 2015 Board
3-18-2014 AHF Names New Board
3-18-2014 Randy Sparrow AHF’s New President Elect
3-17-2014 AHF Announces Election Results
3-5-2014 The Value of Benchmarking
3-3-2014 2014 Silver Plates Announched
2-4-2014 Outlook 2014: What’s Trending in Healthcare
Laura Watson, 2014 President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice, talks about the leading trends in that segment.
1-30-2014 Small Scale Partnerships
1-21-2014 Fourth Annual “The Best”
The best of the best for menu inspiration took place while attending the AHF National Conference in New Orleans in June of 2013. New Orleans is the smorgasbord of culturally diverse restaurants and foods. Better yet was having the keynote speaker deliver a presentation on the evolution of the cuisine, combining French, English, Spanish and Black American. My personal favorite: Commander’s Palace. —Frank Coffey, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn
1-1-2014 Finding Future Foodservice Leaders
Recruiting next-generation foodservice professionals begins with knowing what attributes a company values in their workforce and treating their current employees well.
1-1-2014 Could Fancy Meals Shore Up Hospital Margins?

11-1-2013 Allergen Management: Minimizing Risk
Managing food-related allergens will always be an issue operators need to address. In this article, we explore how operators from the college and university, healthcare and commercial foodservice sectors work with their staffs and customers to minimize the risk and maximize the enjoyment of their menus.
10-29-2013 Hospital Food Goes Hi-Tech with iPads
10-1-2013 Certification – A Natural Fit to Grow Your Team
9-30-2013 Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week is October 7 – 13
9-17-2013 FM Profile: Laura Watson
7-15-2013 July 2013: What You Need to Know
7-15-2013 Confessions of Deanne Carlisle
7-12-2013 Process Improvement is Focus of AHF Confab
6-24-2013 Hospitals Offer Better Food As Patient Satisfaction Becomes More Important Under Federal Health Law
6-23-2013 Brought to you by Obamacare: Better hospital food
This positive article about the increasing quality of hospital food mentions several AHF members and the association.
6-16-2013 June 2013: Emerging Trends
6-16-2013 After-Hours Snapshots from the 2013 AHF Annual Conference
6-13-2013 Affordable Care Act and LTC Dining Services
6-12-2013 New Orleans-style BBQ Shrimp & Potato Cake Wins AHF Culinary Competition
6-10-2013 Culinary Competition Winners Announced
6-10-2013 Angelo Mojica Receives “Spotlight” Award
6-10-2013 Betty Perez Receives “Exemplary Leadership” Award
6-10-2013 The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Team Receives “Partnership in Leadership” Award
6-10-2013 Cindy Parker Receives “Making a Difference” Award
6-10-2013 Denisa Cate Receives “Lifetime Achievement” Award
6-10-2013 Dan Henroid Receives “Spotlight” Award
6-10-2013 Aatul Jain Receives “Future Horizons” Award
6-10-2013 Eric Eisenberg Receives “Exemplary Leadership” Award
6-6-2013 Presidential Special Services Award AHF Honors Andrew Shakman, Dexter Hancock and Scott Saklad
5-7-2013 AHF Culinary Competition Finalists Announced
5-6-2013 AHF Announces 2013 Award Winners
5-6-2013 AHF Announces Finalists for Its Annual Culinary Competition
5-1-2013 Noncomms Gear Up For Summer Meetings
4-17-2013 Silver Plate Awards: Angelo Mojica
3-25-2013 AHF Elects New Board
3-19-2013 AHF Election Results Announced
3-19-2013 Big Challenge in the Big Apple
3-19-2013 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Elects New Officers
3-8-2013 5th Annual Big Apple Healthcare Culinary Challenge
3-1-2013 AHF Member Wins Silver Plate Award
2-11-2013 NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders
1-31-2013 Future Foodservice Leader: Yusie Kim
1-31-2013 Future Foodservice Leader: Alex Ihsane
1-31-2013 Future Foodservice Leader: Cedric Junearick
1-30-2013 Future Foodservice Leader: Christine Guyott
1-24-2013 Future Foodservice Leader: Nicole Charbonneau
1-24-2013 Future Foodservice Leader: Nick Barlow
1-18-2013 FM Profile: Beth Yesford

12-3-2012 Foodservice Design Consultants: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
11-27-2012 Elmhurst Hospital Food is Delicious, and the Gold Medal Proves It
11-15-2012 The Dark Side of Chicken
11-15-2012 The Dark Side of Chicken
9-18-2012 NJ Healthcare Foodservice Educational Seminar Set for Nov. 15
9-15-2012 Foodservice Changes Equals Satisfied Patients
Personalized tray service is an integral step toward overall improved patient satisfaction.
9-11-2012 Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week™ is October 1 – 7
9-1-2012 30 Under 30: Eric Sieden
8-28-2012 Watertown Regional hospital chef is starting from scratch
8-22-2012 Lobster Sales Rock for Hospital Employees, Patients, Retail
8-15-2012 Healthier Retail Food: Better Taste, Better Business
8-8-2012 NJ Hospitals Implement Guiding Stars Nutrition Rating System
Hackensack University Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center have become the first hospitals in New Jersey to implement the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program
8-8-2012 Researchers: Simple Color-Coded Labels Effective at Promoting Healthy Eating
A program designed to encourage more healthful food choices through simple color-coded labels and the positioning of items in display cases was equally successful among all categories of employees at the Massachusetts General Hospital cafeteria
8-6-2012 Top hospital chef in US hails from Rex Read more: Fuquay-Varina Independent – Top hospital chef in US hails from Rex
8-1-2012 FM Best Concepts Best Special Event: Ohio State University Medical Center
Top Docs is a culinary competition modeled on cooking shows like Top Chef
8-1-2012 Steal this Idea: Pushing Fiber
8-1-2012 Steal this Idea: Salad Changes
8-1-2012 Steal this Idea: Bake Sale
8-1-2012 Steal this Idea: Fit Club
8-1-2012 Steal this Idea: Food Drive
7-23-2012 Maine hospital invests in composting
7-9-2012 Great Ideas Start with Networking
7-3-2012 AHF Members Stand on the Cusp of Change
7-3-2012 AHF Recognizes Members with Series of Awards
6-28-2012 Utah Valley’s Laura Watson honored with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award
6-27-2012 Warning! Menu Prices Rise Faster Than Grocery Prices
6-27-2012 New AHF Board Takes Seats
6-27-2012 AHF Recognizes Healthcare Awards, Culinary Competition Winners
6-27-2012 Rex Healthcare wins first place in AHF culinary competition
6-26-2012 Healthcare Foodservice Award Winners Announced
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) was proud to announce the 2012 winners of its awards program at the annual conference in Miami, Florida.
6-26-2012 Culinary Competition Winners Announced
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) hosted its third annual Culinary Competition, showcasing five competing teams that demonstrated outstanding culinary talent and creativity representative of the self-operated healthcare foodservice industry.
6-5-2012 Beyond Chicken Caesar
6-5-2012 On-site Food Tasting Livens Up More than the Menu
6-5-2012 Local Culinary Competition Showcases Outstanding Cuisine in Healthcare Foodservice
5-24-2012 Founding Father of New World Cuisine Norman Van Aken to Guest Judge Culinary Competition
5-15-2012 2012 Annual Conference Fundraising Tasting
5-11-2012 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Members Honored
5-10-2012 2012 Culinary Competition Finalists Announced
5-1-2012 Measuring Sustainability
4-15-2012 Daytona hospitals offer gourmet dishes, room service
4-13-2012 NRA Announces Operator Innovations Awards Finalists
4-9-2012 Keeping the hospital patient satisfied, one meal at a time
Article from The Kansas City Star about hospital room service.
4-6-2012 AHF Plans Annual Conference
4-1-2012 Dan Henroid, MS, RD: 2012 Silver Plate Winner in the Healthcare Foodservice Category
3-29-2012 Save the Date! Association for Healthcare Foodservice Annual Conference is June 19 – 23 in Miami, Florida
The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF), the only national professional association dedicated to operators and business partners in the self-operated healthcare foodservice industry, will host its annual conference June 19 – 23 in Miami, Florida, at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa.
3-23-2012 AHF Announces Election Results
3-20-2012 AHF Names New Execs, Directors
2-20-2012 IFMA Names 2012 Silver Plate Winners
2-15-2012 2012 Silver Plate: UCSF’s Dan Henroid shares goals for AHF
1-3-2012 Q&A: Robert Darrah, director of dining services Legacy Retirement Communities, Lincoln, Neb.
Interview with AHF Board Member Robert Darrah
1-3-2012 Room Service Continues to Deliver for Hospitals

9-27-2011 Café, not cafeteria, greets hospital diner
9-9-2011 AHF YouTube Contest Kicks-Off National Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week
The week of October 3-9 Will Honor Those who Provide Nutrition Services to Promote Health and Wellness
8-23-2011 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Welcomes New Executive Vice President
Billye Potts is the new executive vice-president of AHF.
8-10-2011 Total Food Service interview with Robert Wood Johnson’s Hospital Foodservice Director Tony Almeida
7-14-2011 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Receives National Graphic Design Award
7-9-2011 Insurance News – AHF Prepares for HC Reform & AHF 2011 Conference Recap
7-1-2011 AHF 2011 Annual Conference – Culinary Competition featured on Channel 12 News in Phoenix, Arizona
7-1-2011 Food Management – AHF Prepares for HC Reform
6-16-2011 The Association for Healthcare Foodservice Names the 2011 Award Program Winners
The seven awards are reserved for association-nominated individuals who have shown great leadership and achievement in the healthcare foodservice industry.
6-9-2011 FoodManagement AHF Culinary Competition Winners
6-8-2011 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Announces Top Culinary Competition Winners at Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
Annual Competition Showcases Outstanding Cuisine in Healthcare Foodservice.
6-8-2011 Foodservice Equipment & Supplies – AHF Awards Recognize Members and Suppliers
6-8-2011 Foodservice Equipment & Supplies – AHF Culinary Competition Winners
6-8-2011 Foodservice Equipment & Supplies – AHF Conference Sustainability Session
6-5-2011 Foodservice Director
5-18-2011 AHF profiled in the May edition of the online publication Business Review.
5-13-2011 AHF Announces 2012 Industry Advisory Board
Association Announces Six New IAB Members
4-8-2011 Celebrity Chef Kathleen Daelemans To Guest Judge Association for Healthcare Foodservice Culinary Competition
Annual Competition Showcases Outstanding Cuisine in Healthcare Foodservice.
3-25-2011 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Annual Conference is June 5 – 9 in Phoenix, Arizona
Conference Will Showcase “Destination By Design – Sharing Our Influence to Shape our Future”
3-11-2011 Association for Healthcare Foodservice Announces New 2012 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
Association Elects Four New Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members
1-27-2011 AHF Welcomes Two Chapters
AHF is pleased to announce the affiliation of the Greater New Jersey Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators and the Southern California Chapter.

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