ARMC moving forward with healthy food service

ALPENA – Alpena Regional Medical Center is preparing healthy food service choices and nutritional selections to support, promote, and provide community health. CEO Karmon Bjella said ARMC is working toward healthy eating, weight management, and modeling healthy food environments through the Healthy Foods Hospitals campaign sponsored by the Michigan Hospital Association.

“We’ve dived right into this,” he said. “Our dietary department achieved levels one through three, and working on level four.”

According to Bjella, ARMC is compliant with stars one through three from the Healthy Food Hospitals campaign, including non-select pediatric patient menus for children 2-18 to meet the American Heart Association guideline, transition to healthy beverages, and labeling nutritional content in cafeteria offerings.

The fourth, which ARMC is not in compliance with, is achieving healthy eating starting with a healthy food system. Bjella said ARMC is working toward achieving the fourth star.

“We have accomplished it, but we have not submitted it yet,” Diane Shields, vice president of human resources and support services, said.

In other business:

  • Goergene Hildebrand was reapportioned to the board effective Jan. 1, 2013 -Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Chair Eric Smith, Vice Chair Richard Bates, MD, and Secretary Karmon Bjella, were appointed to the ARMC Board of Trustees officers during Tuesday’s meeting.
  • the annual support committee received 113 gifts amounting to $16,315 from the annual year end appeal. Overall, the committee received a 41 percent financial increase from the 2011 year end appeal.
  • the community outreach committee is partnering with Alpena High School and Alpena Community College for Hoops for Hope 2013 on Feb. 8, 14, and 16. All proceeds will go toward the ARMC Mammography Subsidy Fund.
  • the board approved medical staff credentials for Philip Sinato, MD, psychiatrist to locum tenens staff, Dan Schackmann, psychologist, allied health professional staff, and Julie Johnson, DO, emergency medicine to locum tenens staff.
  • the board approved the October, November, and December 2012 financial reports, which were discussed and approved by the finance/cost containment committee meeting last Thursday.
  • two capital purchases were approved, including new shelving units for material management storeroom from Trinity for $14,784. The other capital purchase was approved for two ESX servers for project charter from IBM and VMware Software for $34,000 for MIS.
  • the next board meeting will be held Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

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