Nutritional Services Manager-HospitalSacramento, California
UC Davis Health Rehabilitation Hospital is joint venture beween Lifepoint Rehabilitation Services, an experienced post-acute care provider, and UC Davis Health. With 58,000 square feet of space, the hospital will have 52 patient beds. The new facility will provide acute adult inpatient care and is the first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospital in Sacramento.
LIfepoint operates 30+ similar rehabilitation hospitals around the nation – many of them award-winning and recognized for their high quality of care. The new UC Davis hospital is expected to open for its first patients in 2023. Clinical services will include physical and occupational therapies and speech pathology services. Therapists, physicians and nurses will help patients regain physical function and mobility, and the independent capabilities to do everyday activities and work. Officials also expect the UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital to become a location that offers new, currently unavailable, treatments to patients, as well as research opportunities for new treatments led by physician-researchers from the UC Davis School of Medicine.
The hospital is located at the corner of Broadway and 49th Street in Sacramento. It will cost $60 million to build. Lifepoint will develop the project, which is expected to create up to 200 new health care jobs, as well as hundreds of prevailing wage construction jobs. It will enable rehabilitation care for twice as many patients as currently can be treated for conditions resulting from stroke, brain trauma and spinal cord injuries at UC Davis Medical Center.
The Nutritional Service Manager directs the activities of the Nutritional Services Department. Provides quality food service for the patient population, visitors, guests, and hospital staff. Administers, plans, and directs activities of department providing quality food service. Enforces policies and procedures and provides administrative direction of menu execution, food preparation and service, purchasing, sanitation standards, safety practices, and personnel utilization. Manages the team including hiring, performance management and development of the team. Adheres to the department budget (hours worked, expenses, inventory etc.) and directs departmental education programs. Coordinates interdepartmental professional activities. Directs the quality assurance program for the department.
Participates in planning and creating the hospital’s strategic plan to achieve the mission and vision of the hospital
Manages the department by company policies, procedures, standards, and applicable federal, state, and local regulations
Participates in the planning of the department budget
Submits capital budget request to CFO per policy
Accountable for daily managing of department budget through operational expense management and labor management
Manages the department’s financials and completes necessary monthly reporting.
Develops or oversees the department schedule to assure adequate staff to provide services, but within budgeted FTEs
Performs or oversees ordering and delivery of food, supplies, and equipment from approved vendors to ensure adequate stock levels to perform departmental functions
Inspects or delegates the inspection of arriving shipments, signs invoices/receipts of shipment
Oversees the stocking and inventory of current food and supplies following proper storage and labeling procedures
Performs monthly end-of-the-month physical inventory
Participates in the hospital’s performance improvement program by conducting, aggregating, trending, and acting on data for key department indicators.
Annual QAPI department plan is developed with mandatory components. Monthly reports are taken to hospital committee as per facility policy.
Monitor quality in the kitchen to assuring quality measures are routinely done; spot checking logs frequently for accuracy of data and conducts weekly kitchen safety/sanitation audits
Participates in the survey process; instructs staff in matters of conduct and disclosure; maintains a presence at all times while surveyors are on-site and directs the timely collection of information required by the survey team. Undertakes corrective action while survey is in progress, if appropriate; works with other hospital departments to develop survey plan of correction, as needed.
Serves on various committees as required by company standards, regulations, and/or appointment by immediate supervisor
Labor Management & Staff Training
Assumes responsibility for recruiting, selecting, and training culinary staff
Works with Human Resources to assure all necessary new hire paperwork is completed
Completes or oversees new hire and annual competency evaluation per company policy on all department staff
Prepares or delegates the preparation of work schedules to maintain adequate staffing in the department; retains records per policy
Provides or oversees department orientation to all new employees
Evaluates employee’s competency upon hire and annually
Evaluates or oversees evaluation of employee performance, conducting 90 day and annual reviews in a timely manner
Schedules and/or conducts monthly in-services for culinary staff; holds routine department meetings
Directs the menu management process (menu preparation, process for diet order changes, room changes, new admits and discharges, updating patient information in system, printing tray tickets, inputting patient menu selections, etc)
Provides week-at-a-glance and therapeutic spreads for department staff reference.
Provides production sheets and standardized recipes to staff to ensure proper food preparation.
Ensures all patient snack orders are checked against the diet order and provides a production sheet for snack preparation; ensures all snacks are labeled properly and distributed to patients timely.
Communicates patients’ concerns or dissatisfactions with diet to the dietitian for further follow up and education as needed.
Flow of Food Management
Organizes or oversee the organization of food preparation and service by using production sheets and planned menus for patients, cafeteria, and catering; cook huddles as needed
Ensure proper food preparation preserving nutrient content, quality, flavor, and appearance per state and federal regulations.
Oversees the monitoring of food temperatures (internal cooking, holding for each meal) through the use of temperature logs to ensure food safety
Supervises or delegates supervision of staff to ensure food is prepared in accordance to all food safety, sanitation regulations and accuracy based on therapeutic menus/recipes
Monitors tray line assembly for accuracy and timely delivery of meals (patients and café)
Ensures routine delivery of floor stock to nursing units and administration
Stays abreast of federal, state, and local regulations for food safety and sanitation
Handles all food recalls with urgency and assures effected product is handled properly
Supervises or delegates supervision of dish room procedures for cleaning and sanitizing dishware, meal delivery carts and pots/pans to enforce department policies and proper procedure.
Physical Plant Management
Performs physical plant inspection monthly; assures fire extinguishers are properly inspected, eyewash station properly maintained, and contract services have been performed (grease trap, barrel, vent hood, fire suppression system, pest management, chemical dispensers)
Plans and implements a process for managing equipment and physical environment to ensure a safe working environment.
Ensures equipment temperatures are taken in accordance with policy
Reports all hazardous conditions/equipment immediately and communicates issues, concerns, and opportunities for improvement to immediate supervisor routinely.
Emergency Preparedness Management
Ensures emergency/disaster readiness at all times in accordance with company policy and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Conducts monthly inventory of emergency food/supplies and documents appropriately.
Education (must have one of the following qualifications; check state regulations for mandatory qualifications)
- Registered dietitian
- Certified dietary manager
Food Safety Training:
- Food protection manager certification from an ANSI-CFP program (i.e. ServSafe®)
- Experience in managing food services in a healthcare facility, acute care or skilled nursing, highly preferred.
- The range for this position will be $75,000-$95,000 per year. We would expect those hired into this job would be paid within this pay range, however, certain circumstances may allow us to pay outside of this range.
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