December 21, 2000

WRHA Selects Option From Shared Food Services Working Group Report

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has selected one of the options from the Shared Food Services Working Group Report to move forward with.

"The working group submitted five options for us to choose from. After reviewing their recommendations, we agreed with their selection of the preferred option," said Dr. Brian Postl, WRHA CEO."Overall, we're pleased to be moving forward with this plan. We feel it is the best option to meet the needs of patients, clients and residents."

The option calls for all food production to take place at Health Sciences Centre. St. Boniface General Hospital will assemble meals for itself as well as HSC and the Regional Distribution Facility (RDF) would do the balance of the meal assembly for the system.

Paul Brewer has been charged with overseeing the implementation of this new plan. Paul will assume his position as Chief Operating Officer, WRHA Food Services on January 10, 2001. He was a member of the Shared Food Services Working Group. In his capacity with working group, Paul chaired the sub-committee that developed the options outlined in the report. Previously, Paul was the Manager of Operations at St. Boniface Hospital.

"This option is a good strategic formula, now we must go about implementing what we have down on paper," says Brewer. "The first step will be to identify the key stakeholders, prioritize the issues and develop an implementation plan."

According to Brewer the working group looked at the system that was in place and considered what was working and what areas required refinement when they developed the possible options.

"This new plan is a great opportunity to work with stakeholders to build upon what is working and improve upon what isn't." Brewer says the process will be collaborative, consultative and inclusive of all stakeholders. "The ideal is to have a system that is flexible and responsive to all stakeholder needs. One part of implementation will be to identify problem-solving mechanisms so that we can respond to problems early on, before they become insurmountable."

The selected option was recommended as the least complicated system to manage. It is more flexible and offers growth potential of up to 700 additional trays per meal. As well, this system allows for more meal assembly back-up by having two sites handle traying.

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