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The History Of Morrison Healthcare.

Providing exceptional food, nutrition, and dining services to hospitals, businesses, and educational institutions in the region since the 1950s.

Today, Morrison Healthcare is the leading national healthcare food and nutrition services company serving over 975+ hospitals and healthcare systems across the country. Morrison Healthcare, together with Crothall Healthcare, power Compass One Healthcare – providing food, nutrition, and support services in more than 2,100 locations with over 90 years of combined healthcare experience.



The first Morrison’s Cafeteria opens for lunch on September 4th, 1920, in The German Relief Hall, a well-known landmark in Mobile, AL.


Morrison’s general offices move to Mobile, AL, and the first logo, an old English tavern sign, is created.


The Morrison Cafeteria Company merges with Piccadilly Cafeteria Company of Birmingham to create Morrison Cafeterias Consolidated, Inc.



After 18 years in business, Morrison’s serves over 700,000 meals annually.



Morrison’s forms The Morrison Merchandising Corporation, which supplied cafeterias with produce and, later, all cafeteria items, both food and non-food.

Morrison’s jump-starts their expansion program after war-time restrictions are lifted. Their first action was to open the “Cafeteria of Tomorrow” in Tampa, FL, which later won national awards from the American Restaurant Association for showcasing many modern innovations in foodservice and décor.


Just one year after the opening of the “Cafeterias of 
Tomorrow,” Morrison’s has 15 cafeterias. Morrison’s 
Restaurants Inc. forms with the opening of The Town House Buffet.



Morrison Food Services, Inc. is born after Canteen Corporation inquires about food services in the Business & Industry setting.


Morrison Food Services, Inc. breaks into healthcare with its partnership with Candler Hospital in Savannah, GA.



Morrison begins its vending division!


Morrison relocates their headquarters to the First National Bank Building in Mobile, AL. Morrison also implements Employee Service Awards.


Morrison Cafeterias Consolidated, Inc. rebrands to Morrison Incorporated as they acquire the Admiral Benbow Inn chain of 10 motels, a chemical company, a gelatin plant, and a printing/stationery company.



Morrison Food Services provides total foodservice management to 184 hospitals, nursing homes, schools, office buildings, municipal facilities, industrial plants, military installations, and private clubs. In addition,
 60 Morrison Cafeterias are operating in 36 markets throughout the southeast.


Morrison closes their fast-food division, Oogleblook, and their Burger Inn restaurants. They then create a Family Buffet Division.


Morrison’s seven support companies realign under the name of Morco Industries, Inc.:

  1. Morrison Food Distributors
  2. Morrison Food Products
  3. Food Service Equipment Company, Inc.
  4. All-Southern Fabricators, Inc.
  5. Custom Cabinets, Inc.
  6. Morrison’s Coffee Company
  7. Morrison’s Chemical Company



Morrison’s Food Services is renamed Morrison’s Management Services.


Morrison Incorporated acquires Ruby Tuesday’s 18 unit chain and forms Morrison’s Specialty Restaurant Division with the opening of the first L&N Seafood Grill at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN.


Morrison Incorporated’s cafeteria division is renamed the Family Dining Division to escape adverse cafeteria connotations in the North. Morrison’s Management Services is renamed Morrison’s Custom Management Division and operates the foodservice management accounts.


Morrison Incorporated’s contract food services division exceeds 800 accounts.



Morrison’s Hospitality Group sells its facilities management accounts to Crothall Services Group.


Ruby Tuesday celebrates its 20th anniversary!
In addition, the Morrison Restaurants, Inc. brand includes:

  1. Morrison’sHospitalityGroup(contract feeding to B&I, education, healthcare)
  2. Morrison’sFamilyDining(Morrison’sCafeterias)
  3. TheRubyTuesdayGroup(RubyTuesday, L&N, and Silver Spoon Café)

Morrison relocates to their Atlanta Headquarters.


After a company restructure, Morrison Health Care, Inc. forms and so began the company’s expertise in healthcare.


Morrison Health Care, Inc. changes its name to Morrison Management Specialists, Inc. and forms two divisions: Morrison Healthcare Food Services and Morrison Senior Dining



Morrison Management Specialists is positioned as a front runner in the $16 billion healthcare and senior living industries.

“The Morrison Way,” a personal mission statement dedicated to preserving Morrison’s ethical business practices and people-driven culture, is established.


Morrison Management Specialists, Inc. joins Compass Group USA, the world’s largest food service provider.

Morrison launches “Catering to You” and “Dining on Call” room service programs.


Morrison receives its first-ever Top 125 Training Award, and Morrison continues to earn this prestigious award in the future.

Compass Group USA and Morrison serve as the official catering service at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT.


Scott N. MacLellan begins his leadership as Morrison’s CEO


Morrison requires that all producers supplying the company with cage-free eggs adhere to the standards of the third-party auditing organization, Humane Farm Animal Care. At this point in time, Morrison purchased 91.8 million cage-free shell eggs, which supports 353,000 chickens living in cage-free settings.



Morrison introduces mVision®, a Business Intelligence (BI) tool that gives Morrison associates access to find information that helps to efficiently manage the business.


Morrison introduces nutritious packaged grab & go meals, which are offered in the retail space and as after-hours dining for patients, staff, and visitors.


2012 + Each company under Morrison Management Specialists becomes its own specialized sector, creating Morrison Healthcare, Morrison Senior Living, and Touch


Tim Pierce is named CEO of Morrison Healthcare and shortly thereafter Morrison refreshes its brand upon a belief in The Power of FoodTM, redefining the culture of healthcare foodservice.


Morrison Healthcare launches MyDining, a proprietary meal-ordering software that provides patients greater control over in-room dining while improving order accuracy, enhancing patient safety, and boosting patient satisfaction scores.

Morrison Healthcare and Crothall Healthcare align to form Compass One Healthcare. Together, as the companies of Compass One Healthcare, they deliver
 a seamless approach to providing hospital and health system clients with specialized food, nutrition, and support services. Bobby Kutteh becomes CEO of Compass One Healthcare.


Mayo Clinic names Morrison Healthcare as its food and nutrition services provider.


Compass One Healthcare forms a strategic partnership with Press Ganey, a leading provider of patient experience measurement, performance analytics, and strategic advisory solutions for healthcare organizations.


Adding to its impressive roster of hospitals and healthcare systems, Cleveland Clinic names Morrison Healthcare as its new food and nutrition services provider.


Compass One Healthcare is recognized as Support Services Supplier of the Year by Vizient, one of the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement companies in the U.S.

Compass One Healthcare officially partners with the American Nursing Association by joining the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Grand Challenge.

Morrison Healthcare celebrates 65 years with its very first healthcare client, St. Joseph’s / Candler in Savannah, GA.



Morrison Healthcare is ranked #1 in the Supplier Category of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work.


Compass One Healthcare was selected by Modern Healthcare as a 2022 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. This is the first year, and first win as Compass One Healthcare.

Morrison Healthcare operates in 975+ hospitals, serves 410 million meals annually, and operates in 7 of the top 20 hospitals in the country.

Experience The Morrison Difference.

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