We spend a lot of time thinking about the hardworking men and women who do their best to make our residents comfortable and healthy. From the Nurses to the CNAs and CMAs we know all of these people work hard to help keep our residents healthy. There’s one group of people who often go unrecognized for their efforts in the healthcare experience, and that’s the men and women who work hard to keep the residents well fed.
To recognize these amazing people The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) created Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week.
History of Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week This holiday was first created by an organization that would go on to become part of the AHF in 1985. It was through their dedication that the US Congress would officially recognize Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week and celebrate the men and women who have been providing much-needed nourishment for patients and staff for generations.
Healthcare Foodservice has been around as long as there have been hospitals and nursing homes to take care of the sick and infirm, and as food technology advanced so did their methods of caring for them. Proper nutrition is a vital element for fighting off illness and recovering from injury, so these oft-overlooked men and women are just as important to your health as your physicians. One of the greatest moments in Healthcare Foodservice History was the introduction of microwaves into their list of tools. The first foundation to do this was Kaiser Permanente, who decided that these incredible machines had a place in hospital food service. The experiment was a resounding success, ensuring that patients meals were able to be served warm and delicious when they were able to eat. This made them the greatest thing to happen to hospital food service since the refrigerator. So, if you know someone that works in the healthcare foodservice, tell them thank you for their often thankless contributions that make such an impact on the health and well-being of residents and patients.
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(2020, October 08). Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week. Days of the Year. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/healthcare-foodservice-workers-week/