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MMH Celebrates Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week

October 04, 2019

(Top Photo- Sue Francis, Jamie Carr, Sue Decker, Odena Boice, Lisa Pastomerlo, Sam Gladle, Mary Mittiga and Tracey Trimm. Bottom Photo- Sam Gladle, Mary Conte, Sue Decker, Jamie Carr, Jen Benware, Wendy Eakin-Hart and Ethan Marolf. Missing: Vern Dandrew, Kashia Sharrow, Jania Harris, Katina Thomson, Rosanne Converse, Karen Carmany, Tari Lallier and Cate Miller)

Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week is an annual celebration to recognize the hardworking individuals who are committed to providing healthy, nutritious meals to patients and visitors. This year, Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week begins on October 6, 2019. Massena Memorial Hospital’s Nutrition Services staff deserves recognition for playing a crucial role in keeping patients healthy.

MMH’s Nutrition Services department consists of 20 dedicated staff members, including cooks, dietary attendants, dietary technicians and a registered dietitian. The cooks and dietary attendants are responsible for preparing and serving meals and maintaining the cleanliness of their equipment. Dietary attendants man the service line in the cafeteria as well as take hot carts to the floors to deliver patient meals. The hospital’s registered dietitian and dietary technicians manage patients’ diets based on their knowledge of various types of nutrition therapy and provide patient education. Together, the Nutrition Services staff members nourish patients and make sure their dietary needs are met.

Jen Benware, Foodservice Supervisor, said, “The crew we have here is great. They are all team players and work hard each and every day. On top of that, they are always trying to make their coworkers, patients and visitors smile. MMH is very lucky to have them.”