AHF launches new Web site

Oct. 21—The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) launched its new Web site—healthcarefoodservice.org—earlier this month.




AHF said the Web site was created with the goal of better serving its members while also providing information to the public about healthcare foodservice. The site allows members to access their membership profile, search for other members and find the most current information on trends and research in healthcare foodservice.

In addition, the Web site allows members to benchmark their operation against other members’ operations through AHF’s Benchmarking Express. Through the benchmarking program, members can examine how they compare to others in three areas: the cost to produce patient/non-patient meals and meal equivalents; the hard and soft revenue offsets that influence the foodservice department’s net cost; and the productivity for the department based on either meals per productive labor hour or productive hours per meal.

AHF also released a new logo, which the organization said is the first step in creating a brand and giving the organization a fresh identity.

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