Written by: Chelsea Edwards, Social Media Manager, Compass One Healthcare on July 26, 2017
Around Morrison Healthcare, we get excited about meaningful partnerships. We have the privilege of serving alongside first class hospitals around the country who are as committed to wellness, healing, service and helping our planet as we are.
That’s why we’re so proud to sign the international Healthy Food in Healthcare pledge with our partner, Navicent Health. Navicent Health is an 830-bed hospital that has for years provided nutritious and healthy meal options for patients, visitors, and staff. Together, we are choosing to deepen our health commitment to the global community and environment.
Written by: Amanda Cepero | Communications Intern | Compass One Healthcare on July 14, 2017
Here at Morrison when we work in a community, service is a responsibility we take seriously. Supporting non-profits and social outreach organizations through donations and community service hours is ingrained in our culture. We understand our impact reaches far beyond the walls of the hospitals, businesses, schools, and universities we serve.
Last month, we were given the opportunity to volunteer with Girls Inc. alongside other sectors in our Compass Group USA family including, Morrison Community Living (MCL), TouchPoint Support Services (TouchPoint), and Bateman Community Living. Girls Inc. is an organization that focuses on developing research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges.
Written by: Katherine Basbaum, Clinical Dietitian-Cardiology, Morrison Healthcare on July 12, 2017
You may have already seen it. USA Today published a story in June titled, “Coconut Oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.” The story was inspired by a recent statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) in the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease Advisory,
“Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of CVD [cardiovascular disease], and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil.”
Read more if you, like so many others have been scratching your head and asking, “Are coconut oils bad for me?”
Written by: Compass One Healthcare on July 7, 2017
Catering manager Lamar Elkins is so well-liked and respected around Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia, that his Morrison colleagues couldn’t wait to help him move to his new house.
When word spread that Elkins, his wife and two young children were preparing to move into a new pre-built home provided by Habitat for Humanity, a movement developed among several co-workers to show their support. So on June 3, Morrison managers, staff and hospital leaders gathered at the future home site to build a new storage shed for his lawn mower and tools.
Written by: Amanda Cepero | Communications Intern | Compass One Healthcare on July 5, 2017
Morrison Chef Jeffery Quasha is a culinary industry veteran with more than 25 years of culinary experience under his belt.
Early in his career, he worked tirelessly in all types of restaurants under some of the country’s finest chefs. All too often Chef Jeffery would spend 17 hours a day, five or more days per week, working in the kitchen. Like many chefs in the restaurant biz can attest to, the grueling schedule took its toll on Chef Quasha as his family continued to grow.
Written by: on June 30, 2017
This Independence Day, sweeten up your spread with these 4th of July desserts. If you’re throwing a red white and blue party, we are sharing two of our favorite 4th of July desserts you can steal: Red, White and Blue No-Bake Mini Cheesecake Trifles and Vanilla Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelee. No matter which recipe you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy one of our favorite things about summer and celebrating Independence Day: fresh fruit!
Written by: Chelsea Edwards, Social Media Manager on June 28, 2017
San Juanita Blanco is a Morrison Healthcare catering associate at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center in California. San Juanita is bilingual and able to connect with both English and Spanish-speaking patients. San Juanita once had a patient who lost his sight and was unable to open his juice or locate his food. She helped him with his meal and explained that she would continue bringing his hospital tray every day. Speaking in Spanish comforted her patient who was previously afraid and uncomfortable because of the language barrier.
Written by: Cynthia Moore, Morrison Healthcare Registered Dietitian on June 23, 2017
In the March issue of Today’s Dietitian magazine, Morrison registered dietitian Cynthia Moore was recognized as one of 10 registered dietitians nationwide “Who Are Making a Difference.” Moore has worked for Morrison Healthcare for 12 years, the last nine as the assistant clinical nutrition manager, ambulatory, at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va. Below, Moore discusses her approach to helping people improve their health.
Written by: Chelsea Edwards, Social Media Manager on June 21, 2017
Thanks to the Morrison Healthcare family, our CEO Tim Pierce was named one of the Highest Rated CEOs on Glassdoor, according to the company’s most recent report. Glassdoor®, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing job sites, released its annual report highlighting the Highest Rated CEOs in several countries throughout North America and Europe.
Written by: Chelsea Person, Social Media Manager | Recipe contributed by Chef Norbert Bomm on June 16, 2017
Father’s Day is this Sunday. Do you know what you’re doing for Dad? This Father’s Day we’re being extra sweet on our dads and bringing back a Morrison favorite. Don’t let the name Black Bean Chocolate Cupcake scare you off; these cupcakes are light, moist, and a definite dad pleaser.
Written by: Chef Jeffrey Quasha on June 8, 2017
Fruit tarts are gorgeous additions to a summer spread. This fruit tart recipe packs in four different kinds of berries adding color, flavor and naturally occurring antioxidants and phytochemicals that are thought to help boost the immune system. Be sure to enjoy with some friends and family because after all, people are what make the summer season so sweet.
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on June 1, 2017
Simple Summer Superfood Smoothie
June’s superfood is berries! The healthy snacking possibilities with berries are endless and you can find them being featured in our menus including a Very Berry Chicken Salad and Strawberry Cutie Pies across our cafes all month long. Use berries at home whether you’re trying to jumpstart your morning with freshness or remove added sugar from your afternoon routine for an energy boost, this super simple berry smoothie from Chef Cary Neff will keep you cool all summer and leave you feeling satisfied without weighing you down.
Written by: Chef Joe Kraft on May 30, 2017
Great food brings people, communities, and cultures together. Kraft, as the Senior Corporate Executive Chef of Morrison Healthcare, takes his gift for creating great meals a step further. Food also has a special power, to energize, heal and comfort.
Written by: Scott Ewing -- Division Director of Patient Dining Services & Beth Penland – Chainsaw Communications on May 25, 2017
Morrison Healthcare embraces the philosophy that delicious food is healing food, where small and happy surprises abound. For instance, after a recent Morrison opening, two different patients called down to the kitchen and asked to speak directly with the chef—just to say that they had enjoyed a wonderful meal. From Walt Disney World to Morrison Healthcare, Scott Ewing — Division Director of Patient Dining Services enjoyed positive experiences all around.
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on May 23, 2017
Fiesta de Mayo, Morrison’s month-long celebration of Latin American-style food is still going strong in our cafes and will continue through the month of May. Keep the party going in your home while also switching up your usual morning routine with this Latin Breakfast Bowl recipe from Chef Cary Neff. Adding some spice to your start is quick and easy. This breakfast dish is packed full of protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats, not to mention flavor! Incorporate this recipe into your weekend meal prep or grab some friends and family to enjoy over brunch.
Written by: Lacy McCaig on May 18, 2017
According to the American Heart Association, Heart Disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the US. The statistics are staggering and cause for pause. Fortunately, there is power in a healthy diet. Have you ever wondered which diets can reduce the risk of developing heart disease? Heart problems are common for many Americans, eating healthy foods can help.
Written by: Chelsea Person, Social Media Manager on May 16, 2017
While diversity occurs when a group is comprised of different kinds of people, inclusion is the practice of embracing those differences, leveraging each other’s uniqueness and breaking down barriers. This month, Morrison Healthcare and our sister company, Crothall Healthcare are taking extra time to recognize and appreciate our differences but focus on the power of inclusion.
Written by: Anthony Rhoton on May 12, 2017
Being a great employer is a challenge that we face head on every day, and we’re dedicated to serving more than 600 hospitals/healthcare systems while employing more than 1,200 registered dietitians, 300 executive chefs, and 17,000 professional food service team members. In order to serve some of the nation’s largest health systems, we put our culinary, nutritional, and operational expertise to work so that we can stay consistent and provide custom healthcare experiences in each of our hospitals. Our belief in the Power of Food is rooted in our constant efforts to create personalized dining experiences for patients and guests in our cafés. We partner with our clients to advance their health missions and help patients heal faster.
Written by: Chef Tom Sewell on May 9, 2017
Chances are if you grew up south of the Mason Dixon Line you’ve heard of Fried Green Tomatoes. If your grandma never made you this traditional Southern food, perhaps you’re familiar with the Fried Green Tomatoes movie. No matter your reference point or where you grew up, it’s a dish worth trying. At Morrison, we love healthy recipes, but sometimes food’s power to comfort is just as important.
This fried green tomato recipe contains no cornmeal and goes easy on the salt while still maintaining flavor. For added personality, this chef inspired appetizer can be paired with classic roasted balsamic vegetables. To complete the recipe, add roasted tomatoes with fresh basil for garnish.
Written by: Chef Heidi DeCosmo on May 5, 2017
Here at Morrison we are taking the Cinco de Mayo holiday one step further and celebrating a month long Fiesta de Mayo. This month in our Morrison cafés, we will continue the Cinco de Mayo excitement by featuring fresh ingredients and bold Latin flavors in options like homemade salsa and quesadillas. We love Mexican food and know it can be both nutritious and delicious. You can get in the holiday spirit today with this healthy tuna stuffed avocado recipe from Executive Assistant Chef, Heidi DeCosmo.
Written by: Amy Keister, Vice President of Consumer Engagement, Compass Group USA on April 28, 2017
Our commitment kicks off on Friday, April 28, at Compass food service facilities in hospitals, corporate cafes, universities, senior living communities and restaurants across the country. Compass Group chefs across the country will celebrate with live cooking demonstrations and information to build waste awareness — like tips on ways to save at home and creative recipes that focus on using more of what you buy.
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on April 24, 2017
We know our decisions play a part in stopping the food waste problem. This Friday we will celebrate the inaugural, “Stop Food Waste Day.” Stop Food Waste Day only comes around once a year, but as one of the nation’s largest food service providers, we are committed to serving our communities with a continued mindset to stop food waste every day. As a company, Morrison Healthcare has pledged to reduce food waste by 25 percent by 2020.
In the spirit of Stop Food Waste Day and our commitment to #WasteNot, enjoy this tasty root to stem recipe video created by Morrison Chef Zabala at Spartanburg Regional in South Carolina.
Written by: Chelsea Person, Social Media Manager on April 21, 2017
At Morrison, we believe in the Power of Food. We understand this power goes beyond healing. As society continues to learn about the effects of factory farming on the environment and climate change, people around the world are paying more attention to how food is sourced, including us. As we approach Earth Day and take a moment to think about our environmental impact, we also want to take time and celebrate an already budding partnership between Morrison Healthcare and Common Market Georgia that is beneficial to our earth, patients, and employees.
Written by: Chef Tom Sewell on April 17, 2017
Spring is in full swing, and with warmer days ahead, the Morrison Chefs have you covered with a tasty, new twist on an old favorite, watermelon. Watermelon can satisfy a sweet tooth, help with digestive health and keep you hydrated on a hot day with its electrolyte-infused qualities.
You may have enjoyed watermelon sliced or diced, but check out the recipe below for a new take on this delicious fruit.
Written by: Chef Tom Sewell on April 13, 2017
Salmon has proven benefits to keep you healthy inside and out. With one of the highest nutritional contents, Salmon is packed with omega-3, vitamins, and minerals to help our bodies grow. Increasing heart health, improving eyesight, and preventing ADHD in children are just a few of potential benefits credited to this nutritious fish.
Try Chef Tom Sewell’s Seared Salmon and Shaved Zucchini and Mushroom Salad with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette Recipe!
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on April 10, 2017
At Morrison Healthcare, our power lies in our people: people who are committed to high-quality care and service. Such is true about Chef Tom Sewell, a dedicated Morrison Healthcare chef who strives to serve up high-quality care and meals to patients and caregivers at UF Health in Jacksonville, FL. Chef Sewell leads a dynamic UF Health culinary team who daily prepare 2,100 patient meals and serve 5,000 caregivers across four separate Morrison Healthcare cafés in a 695-bed hospital.
Written by: Lisa Roberson, RDN, LD on April 3, 2017
WellPower: Giving People the Power to Be Well With Nourishing Food
In April we are launching WellPower, our refreshed name and look to describe our comprehensive wellness and sustainability programs. WellPower’s goal is simple: to encourage people to eat nourishing food which helps them feel their best. We want to motivate and equip our people with knowledge so they understand healthy food can taste delicious and contribute to a long-term healthy lifestyle.
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on March 31, 2017
Grain bowls are packed with heaping complex whole grains, fresh vegetables, authentic globally inspired herbs and spices.
Written by: Author: Wendy Phillips MS, RD, CNSC, CLE on March 27, 2017
Have you heard of the new buzzword in healthcare, Population Health Management? Simply stated, Population Health Management is health promotion and disease prevention for an individual and those in their “population”: spouses or significant others, children, friends, extended family, co-workers, and members of their community1. Patients receiving care are healthcare providers’ focus, while employers focus primarily on their employees and their spouses/family members who are also covered by company-sponsored medical benefits.
Written by: Wendy Phillips MS, RD, CNSC, CLE, FAND on March 23, 2017
“What’s for dinner? When will it be done?” Children are known to ask (sometimes repeatedly) these questions. For children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral diseases characterized by impulsiveness, it is especially difficult for them to wait for meals. People sometimes describe children with ADHD as impulsive, inattentive, hyperactive, or even “driven by a motor.” In this BLOG post, I will share how you can engage Children with ADHD in your own kitchen and have a lot of fun together!
Written by: Joseph D. Catanzaro, MS, RD on March 15, 2017
March is National Nutrition Month, which makes it the perfect time to highlight the importance of whole grains! While brown-colored grains don’t grab the attention of our eyes like many fruits and vegetables, wheat, quinoa, oats, barley, and rice pack a lot of nutrition into small portions.
Written by: Maddie Longville on March 1, 2017
National Nutrition Month is an annual celebration of nutrition and the important role that food plays in our bodies. It promotes education and awareness around a national campaign that focuses heavily on making informed food choices and developing better eating and exercising habits!
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on March 1, 2017
Chef Justin Newgaard has done a lot in 12 years. From Regional Culinary leadership to Marketing, and more recently, as a Corporate Executive Chef, it’s safe to say Chef Justin is not slowing down. As a part of his new position, he trains and onboards new Morrison chefs, as well as leading our culinary effort in opening key Morrison accounts, focusing specifically on the Midwest.
Written by: Jeffrey Quasha and Heidi Decosmo on February 8, 2017
Written by: Jamie Epting MS, RD Clinical Nutrition Manager with St. Peter's Health Partners on February 3, 2017
This article written by Jamie Epting MS, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager with St. Peter’s Health Partners and Morrison Healthcare will help you reduce sodium in your diet today!
Written by: Angela Hong on January 31, 2017
As he walks the halls of Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Chef Frank Murnane is hard to miss. Standing 6 feet 7 inches in his starched-white uniform, he is a formidable figure, but is mostly known for his compassion and care for his patients.
Chef Frank won an award from the hospital administration for creating a puree pizza for a dying patient and his service to others is also reflected in his 30-year military career.
“I like taking care of people who are trying to get healthy and that’s one of the things I find very rewarding about working here at the hospital,” he says.
Click on the video to learn what hospital leadership has to say about Chef Frank’s commitment and compassion for his patients!
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on January 31, 2017
The Power of Food…and the Re-Invention of Hospital Food!
Each chef hired by the Morrison Healthcare Culinary team is made aware during their interview and reminded on a daily basis of a singular and laser focused goal: to establish Morrison as the industry leader that forever changes the perception of “hospital food”.
Enjoy Chef Paul Ruszat’s Orange Roasted Beet Salad and Chef Norbert Bomm’s Valentine Chocolate Truffle Cakes!
Written by: Chef Cary Neff on January 5, 2017
MHC January Showcase Chef Bradley Czajka offers healthy and delicious Lentil Soup and Salmon Recipes that will fit with your New Year’s diet resolution.
Chef Bradley Czajka is the Systems Executive Chef and a valued member of the Food and Nutrition Service team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.