Plans for HFM, ASHFSA Merger Move Forward

May 15—The plans for a consolidation of HFM and ASHFSA are moving ahead after more than 94% of ASHFSA’s membership and 100% of HFM respondents voted in favor of consolidation.

The vote followed a conference call where Deanne Carlisle, ASHFSA president and chief of nutrition and food services, at Portland VA Medical Center, in Portland, Ore., and Bruce Thomas, HFM president and associate vice president-guest services, Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., spoke to members concerning the history, rationale and plans for the new organization.

"The leadership and membership of both ASHFSA and HFM are very excited about the formation of this new organization and are energized by the enhanced, unprecedented and unparalleled opportunities it will provide for our industry," Kris Schroeder, appointed president of AHF and administrative director support services for the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, said in a press release. "AHF will provide self-operating healthcare food and nutrition professionals with the industry's absolute best practices, tools and resources."

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