AHF-NY’s 2018 Educational Seminar and Vendor Exhibition [Photos]

AHF-NY 2018
George Fontina of Central Island Healthcare and PBAC’s Keith Fitzgerald who is a guiding force behind the success of the annual event

Metro New York’s leading healthcare foodservice executives met at the Sheraton LaGuardia last month for the AHF-NY 2018 Educational Seminar and Vendor Exhibition with a theme of: “Challenges and Changes in the Healthcare Foodservice Industry”.

After a warm welcome from AHF-NY president Andria Coleman (EMBA, MS, RDN, CDN), the group was challenged and stimulated by a wide diversity of topic and speakers. Morning sessions at the AHF-NY 2018 Educational Seminar and Vendor Exhibition included presentations on Enhancing Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) that was moderated by  Dr. Christina Lynn Sherry, PhD, RD, MBA, Medical Science Liaison, Abbott Nutrition. Pepsi Co Director of Culinary Research Kyle Shadix (MS, RD, CRC) then followed with a session focused on Food & Beverage Pairings: Based on the Collective Wisdom of the World.

The afternoon curriculum kicked off with author Steve Dragoo’s unique take on motivation. He brought AHF attendees inside his new book: Sing: The Team Building Karaoke. Over the span of his career, he has worked with major retailers and for two of the nation’s largest food companies. Life lessons from the Karaoke Stage brings together anecdotes and practical ideas for a richer life and better work performance from his 30-plus years of industry experience and 20 years performing on the Karaoke stage.

The afternoon concluded with sessions on Gen Z…the Emerging Digital Consumer with Antoinette Miller, MS, Manager, University Relations & Recruitment, HBO and also the daughter of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s foodservice chief Victoria McClymond. Food Service Management Magazine’s Becky Schilling then spoke about Food Service Trends.

The event also included a truly memorable vendor exhibition that included several aisles of the very latest in innovative solutions for the healthcare feeder. From the latest compacting solutions from Power Knot that is being installed in Metro NY by Ed Daniels and his Pro-Tek team. Kudos to Fresh & Tasty sales boss Peter Fernandez who has brought long time healthcare exec Sharon Makara to his sales team. Kudos to event chair Jill Herling and her team for creating an event in which every attendee and exhibiter walked away with concepts they could put to work immediately.

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AHF – New York’s goal is to play a key role on the journey to health and wellness. As healthcare foodservice self-operators, the group understands the important alignment between nutrition and healing. The chapter’s mission is to develop leaders and raise the bar for foodservice in New York’s self-operated facilities, whether acute or long-term care. Its members are directors, managers, dietitians and chefs. AHF-NY provides professional growth through focused education – the programming that drives productivity, innovation and patient satisfaction from within all facets of the foodservice department, from patient meals to staff dining to retail concepts.

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