AHF to honor foodservice leaders next month

Joyce Hagen-Flint, Tom Thaman and Martha Rardin among those to be feted.

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.—The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) has announced the honorees for several of the awards to be presented next month at AHF’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

Joyce Hagen-Flint, division director of Food and Nutrition Services for HCA West Florida Division in Largo, will receive the Exemplary Leadership Award. This award, given in memory of Don Marsh, recognizes a member who best reflects operational excellence and/or contributions to local or regional chapters or networking meetings.

Two Indianapolis, Ind. Hospitals members will receive the Partnership in Leadership Award, which honors member facilities that work together to demonstrate a strong commitment to self-operation. They are Martha Rardin, director of nutrition and dietetics at Hendricks Regional Health, and Tom Thaman, director of food and nutrition at Eskanazi Health.

Crystal McVey, clinical nutrition manager at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, and Lisa Poggas, nutrition services director, and Daniel Skay, nutrition manager and executive chef, at Castle Rock Adventist Hospitals, will be honored with the Spotlight Award. This recognition goes to operators who have enhanced their programs through technology, program development, implementation, innovation and/or creative use of financial management.

Nicholas Mercogliano, sous chef at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, will receive the Future Horizon Award. This is presented to a member with fewer than five years’ experience in healthcare foodservice who have demonstrated a desire for growth through their contributions to their hospitals or communities.

The winners of three other awards—Lifetime Achievement, Making A Difference and the Presidential Special Service—will be announced during the Gala Banquet June 5.

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