AHF to honor 4 directors of nutrition at annual conference

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice today announced it will honor Becky Amt, director of nutrition services at IU Health Bloomington Hospital; Angela O’Neill, director of nutrition services at Hunterdon Healthcare; Jeanine Drake, director of nutrition services at Flagstaff Medical Center; and Veronica McLymont, director of food and nutrition services at Memorial Sloan Kettering, on June 9 at the AHF’s 2016 annual conference in Dallas.

Amt, along with peer Evelyn Sexton, foodservice manager at the Indiana-based hospital, are the recipients of the Spotlight Award, which recognizes operators who have enhanced their programs through technology, program development, implementation, innovation and/or creative use of financial management.

The Partnership in Leadership Award goes to O’Neill, which honors member facilities that work together to demonstrate a strong commitment to self-operation.

Arizona-based Flagstaff Medical Center’s Drake will be honored with the Benchmarking Award of Excellence, an award that recognizes a facility that improved their operations by utilizing data.

McLymont will receive the Exemplary Leadership Award, given to the AHF member who best reflects the commitment to operational excellence brought to healthcare foodservice by the late Don Marsh, a past AHF board member with a long career in the industry.

The Future Horizons Award will be presented to Mary Ruzzi, director of patient foodservices at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania—as well as David Edwards, manager of patient services at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare in Elmhurst, Ill.—given to an AHF member who’s practiced in the healthcare foodservice industry for less than five years, is new to management and demonstrates a desire for future growth through contributions to their hospitals or community.
The winners of three other awards—Lifetime Achievement, Making A Difference and the Presidential Special Service—will be announced June 9 during the Gala Banquet.

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