May 22, 2011

SPMHC earns national recognition for efforts to buy local food

amerinet award

Pictured from left to right: Brian Straeb, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Amerinet; Randy Walter, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Solutions/Inquisit/Marketing for Amerinet; Larry Schroeder, CEO of SPMHC; Amy Miller, RD, CD, Director of Nutrition Services for SPMHC; Terry Chappell, Director of Purchasing for SPMHC; Jeneen Ablan, Marketing Director of Shared Health Services Corp.; and Todd Ebert, CEO of Amerinet.

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital & Clinics recently earned national recognition for its efforts to incorporate locally grown and produced food into its patient meals, cafeteria and clinic break rooms. Amerinet presented the award to SPMHC as a winner of its Healthcare Achievement Award in the category of Community Impact and Innovation at its member conference in Orlando, Fla. recently.

“This award recognizes that our commitment to health goes beyond our doors and extends to the community,” said SPMHC’s CEO Larry Schroeder. “What better way to provide nutritious, healthy food options than to work with our local farmers and vendors?”

SPMHC’s Nutrition Services director Amy Miller agreed, “We want to do it because it makes sense for our community — and its better food. You can definitely taste the difference and you can see the difference. The meat is tender and juicy and the produce is vibrant and flavorful.”

SPMHC’s developed relationships throughout the area that enabled them to incorporate local produce, poultry, meats and dairy into food served for patients, staff and visitors. They redesigned menus to provide healthier options and include local vendors. SPMHC is committed to incorporating locally grown foods and has helped create the South Central Wisconsin Institutional Food Initiative (SCWIFI) to explore making local food purchasing easier for both buyers and sellers in the area. SCWIFI is a roundtable of local institutions, producers, and processors. Amerinet awards member organizations who excel in reducing healthcare costs and improving healthcare quality.

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