April 20, 2021

Sweet taste of success

Our Food Services Team has been nominated for an ISS Apple Award for their transition into the new state of the art industrial kitchen at Northern Hospital Epping.

Saj Amerasinghe, ISS Key Account Manager, said the Apple Awards recognises employees for going above and beyond what is expected.

The team moved into the new kitchen in February, which is one of the first areas in Stage 2 of the Northern Hospital Expansion Project to officially go live. The new kitchen is on the ground floor of the new building.

Greg Warman, Director of Support Services, nominated the team for the award.

He said the move into the new kitchen went perfectly.

“The transition to the new kitchen was an outstanding success,” he said.

“It was completely seamless to the hospital with patients and staff unaware of the change.”

“This is in no small part due to the planning in the preceding weeks with Tina Smith, ISS Catering Manager, and the crew liaising closely with Capital Planning and Kane Construction on the relocation of the existing equipment. It is a testament to the dedication of the staff that even hiccups with the dishwasher did not impact on the delivery of meals.”

Saj received a personalised crystal apple trophy on behalf of the team.

Planning for the kitchen began more than three and a half years ago and, once construction started, the team started to envision the move into their new space.

The new kitchen is bigger than the previous site, which was built within the hospital when it opened in 1998.

In the new space, there is a 150-litre kettle, cooktops, fryers and a new blast chiller and freezer.