April 29—Fletcher Allen Health Care, located in Burlington, Vt., has been honored with two awards from Health Care Without Harm for its foodservice program. Fletcher Allen won first place in the sustainable food procurement category, and its Executive Chef Richard Jarmusz was honored with the Exemplary Food Service Professional award.
The Sustainable Food Procurement Award recognizes operations that promote health through food purchasing. Fletcher Allen rated highly in purchasing a wide range of healthy, locally produced products. More than 37% of the department's total annual budget is spent on food produced in Vermont.
Executive Chef Richard Jarmusz was recognized because of his work to support healthy, sustainable food initiatives and for promoting healthy regional and national food policy.
“We’re honored to receive these awards from Health Care Without Harm, which along with other great partners in Vermont and beyond has helped us create a model foodservice program that supports our missions to provide the highest quality of care and to be responsible stewards of the environment,” John Brumsted, M.D. president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care, said in a press release.