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Posted: 04/16/2018

Job Reference #: 464746000A1

Job Type: Restaurant/Food Service Healthcare - Dietary/Nutrition Healthcare - ALL CATEGORIES

Keywords: diet,

Jobing Description

Located in the scenic, historic and charming Southwest Colorado town of Durango, Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is a full-service, acute care hospital with Level III Trauma designation. Recognized by Healthgrades (a leading, independent health care ratings company) with awards for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence, as well as an “A” Hospital Safety rating  from The LeapFrog Group,  Mercy Regional Medical Center blends state-of-the-art technology  with a serene and comfortable environment to promote well-being and healing.  Specialty services include emergency care, surgical care, cardiac care, an Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence and a Family Birthing Center equipped with every amenity and a dedicated surgical suite.  Durango residents experience an exceptional quality life with world-class outdoor recreation including snow sports, river sports, hiking, biking and more. Learn more about us at:

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 125557

Recruiter Contact: Williams, Alison <AlisonWilliams@Centura.Org>



Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Position Summary

Follows at menu to prepare and cook food for patients, visitors and staff members. Responsible for following Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Safe Handling Guidelines regarding food safety and sanitation. Will provide excellent customer services when working with patients, visitors and other staff members. Provides oversight and training to staff.


Minimum Education Requirements

High School diploma or GED preferred Culinary training preferred


Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Two years of previous restaurant or institutional cooking experience
  • Experience in hospital food service setting, preferred
  • Strong communication skills; ability to read, write and speak English
  • Basic computer skills



Food Service Safe Certification, preferred


Position Duties

  • Cooks all foods according to the standardized recipes
  • Prepares food items according to patient specific restrictions and established schedules
  • Maintain adequate supply of hot and cold items required for cafeteria, patient and unit stocking
  • Prepares food for institutional functions, both standard and special
  • Demonstrates ability to operate commercial food preparation equipment
  • Ensures that all food prepared meet existing standards for quality, freshness, taste, and appearance.  Maintain quality product freshness and assured by proper label dating and rotation
  • Alerts supervisor to problems and needs concerning equipment and food supplies
  • Practices proper portion control on a consistent basis
  • Stock work area and tray line
  • Completes all duties of specific food production area
  • Treats all customers and other staff members with respect and exhibits good customer service skills
  • Questions and complaints are responded to in a timely manner
  • Problems, complaints, or questions that a Cook cannot respond to are brought to the Supervisor’s attention
  • Communicates special needs to appropriate staff to insure patient needs are met
  • Helps to maintain a positive, team orientated, professional, service conscious environment
  • Serves as a resource for less experienced staff
  • Follows uniform and dress code policy
  • Follows proper food handling procedures by checking for appropriate food temperatures
  • Sorts food waste via recycling, compost or garbage
  • Sanitizes utensils and equipment
  • Stocks, cleans and maintains a sanitary environment of assigned area
  • Puts away the dry staples, disposables, frozen and refrigerated groceries in their appropriate storage areas
  • Ensures the use of FIFO rotation system and properly labels and dates all items per policy
  • Ensures that items are well organized and accessible
  • Follows all department and hospital infection control and safety policies
  • Orders conform to diet standards and physician orders
  • Applies basic understanding of allergy knowledge when serving patients and guests
  • Order for staff and guest trays completed within guidelines for ordering
  • Maintains required department records and statistics for administrative purposes and budget preparation
  • Participates in department and hospital educational programs, in-service meeting and safety trainings
  • Identifies potential needs areas or continuous quality improvement and reports process improvement ideas to supervisor, manager and/or Quality Department.  Participates in quality improvement initiatives

Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 



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