Nutritional Services is located on the first floor of the hospital next to the lobby area. Associates within the department have the opportunity to experience work in many different areas… as cashiers, cooks, dishwashers, baristas, as well as tray delivery to our patients.
Our responsibilities include meal planning and preparation, purchasing, delivering, and cleaning. Although the type of work we do varies, our goal is to create a pleasant dining experience for all our guests and patients. Providing great customer service and food quality are essential to our department.
Even though a majority of our associates work in the kitchen and the bistro, our tray delivery and dishwasher personnel can be seen throughout the hospital.
We have many customers, which include patients and their families as well as our hospital staff. In the Bistro, we mainly prepare and provide meals for our associates, patient families, and guests from the community. Through our Room Service line, we provide good nutritious meals to our patients and at times their families as well.
Our earliest shift starts at 4:00 am in the morning. We begin the day by putting away all the food items that have been delivered before a majority of our staff arrives. Next we have several associates who prepare the food for our breakfast and lunch service in the Bistro, after which around 7:00 a.m. our Room Service line begins tray production. We continue to serve meals throughout the day and also provide catering to several departments as needed. Around 6:30 p.m. we begin to slow down for the day and move into clean-up mode.
Our staff understands the importance of proper nutrition as an essential role in the healing process. Many of our patients do not have much of an appetite. We try to meet their meal requests, however, in any way we can to promote healing. Usually, meals are the only part of the hospital experience that patients understand and can have some control over. We try to balance our menu between healthy options to promote healing and providing patients with foods they are familiar with and enjoy eating.
Nutritional Services associates and their roles:
Hannah Murphy, Director
Mike Anderson, Executive Chef
Virginia Wyatt, Office Assistant
DeNae Alva, Bistro Lead
Jeanine Cirillo, Supervisor
Barbara Baltazar, Nutrition Aide
Jessica Bernal, Nutrition Aide
JoDe Brown, AM Grill Cook
Maria Covarrubias, Nutrition Aide
Sally Cunningham, AM Cold Prep
Imelda Flores, Nutrition Aide
Alyssa Fopma, Cook
Aspen Griffin, Cook
Swanette Jamenez-Loew, Cook
Janice Koning, Nutrition Aide
Kayleigh Labbe, Nutrition Aide
Max Lee, Nutrition Aide
Diane Lugo, Nutrition Aide
Brooke Moore, Nutrition Aide
Teresa Palacios, Nutrition Aide
Richard Perez, Nutrition Aide
Talara Ries, Cook
Jermaine Reyes, Cook
Joe Ramos, Nutrition Aide
Cristina Salinas, Nutrition Aide
Brittany Thyfault, Nutrition Aide
Regina Vega Barrio, Nutrition Aide
Perla Villagrana, AM Patient Phones
Gregg Wilkins, Purchasing
Julie Windmeyer, Cook
FYI: We recently set a new record for the number of patient trays delivered in one day… 157!