Bateman Achieves Dietary Certification
August 12, 2016
Huron, S.D. – Huron Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Emily Bateman, food service supervisor, has recently achieved her Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Production Professional (CDM, CFPP) designation, according to Mary Jo Gortmaker, director of food service for HRMC.
Bateman began her career at HRMC in January 2008 as a tray aide and cook in the food service department. She has served as food service supervisor since October 2014.
HRMC’s food service department develops healthy and nutritious meals for patients, employees and hospital visitors that meet guidelines set by the American Heart, Dietetic and Diabetic Associations. Menu plans are reviewed and approved by HRMC’s on-staff certified dietitian, Sarah Seidel. Food service staff and management follow strict guidelines for meal preparation, service and sanitation as set forth by the State of South Dakota and the Federal government.
Bateman completed a comprehensive study of Nutritional and Foodservice Management online through the University of North Dakota (UND). She passed a nationally recognized credentialing exam offered by the certifying board for Dietary Managers. The exam questions covered five competency areas: nutrition, foodservice, personnel and communications, sanitation and safety and business operations. The CDM, CFPP credentials indicate that these individuals have the training and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager. CDM, CFPPs work together with registered dietitians to provide quality nutritional care for clients and perform foodservice management on a regular basis.
“I am very proud of Emily for taking the initiative to complete the necessary training and education to achieve this level of certification,” said Gortmaker. “In addition to providing excellent service and nutritious meals to our customers, Emily is committed to continual self-improvement.”
To maintain the certifications, a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education with 5 hours of sanitation and food service safety is required every three years.
Originally from Huron, Bateman graduated from Huron High School in 2007. She is the daughter of Bill and Dawn Johnson. She has one brother, Logan Johnson, and a sister, Elizabeth Dutoit. Bateman lives in Huron with her husband Aaron, who works in purchasing at HRMC, and their three children: Dhamon, age 13, Ian, age 5 and Madyson, age 2.
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