Dietary Cook

Corpus Christi, TX
Full-time


No phone calls, please.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Prepares and serves meals according to cycle menus, monitors methods of food handling, preparation, meal service and equipment cleaning.. Functions in the decision making capacity and leadership role under the guidance of the Dietary Manager, Dietician and Chef. Directs and/or provides professional preparation of meals for inpatients across the age continuum as needed to facilitate the delivery of services. Utilizes the food service process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to provide dietary services. Provides direct supervision, leadership and guidance to members the staff; and may be authorized, in the absence of the Dietary Manager and or Chef, to make decisions affecting the Dietary Department.

Projects a professional demeanor and appearance while maintaining the confidentiality of patients, co-workers, and the facility and adhering to the HIPAA policy. Reports, in good faith, any known or suspected activity that appears to violate laws, rules, regulations or the NSH Code of Conduct. Fulfills annual Healthstream continuing education requirements.

Personal attributes include the ability to be self-directed; demonstrates accountability, professionalism, and receptiveness to change; seeks guidance, direction, and assistance when needed. Works under stress and in situations that demand patience, stamina, endurance, and tact while providing impeccable service. Fosters an attitude of teamwork and willingness to assist others and does not refuse performing other job duties as requested. Set’s priorities, responds timely to issues which require a decision, and ensures desired results are achieved by means of consistent follow through. Non-exempt status.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates eligibility for employment in the U.S.
  • Must be able to achieve Food Handler’s Permit within 60 days of employment.
  • Minimum of two years of Cook experience preferred
  • Knowledge of State, Federal and Accrediting Body regulations and standards related to healthcare.
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with others
  • Demonstrated skills in verbal and written English communications for safe and effective patient care and to meet documentation standards.
  • Willingness to participate in goal-setting and educational activities for own professional advancement.
  • Is aware of professional standards and performs in accordance with them.

Physical Requirements:

Should use assistive devices when weight being lifted exceeds 35lbs or when required to push/pull more than 58lbs. (OSHA)

Work is of heavy demand; walking or standing most of the time while on duty. Visual and auditory acuity and manual dexterity essential to performing designated duties required. Optimal auditory acuity required. Manual dexterity involving the handling of equipment and instruments or armamentarium is essential to performing assigned duties. Physical conditions are clean, neat and well-lit. May be subjected to unpleasant sights and odors, stressful situations, limited radiation , hazardous chemicals, or infectious diseases where judgment as to precautions needed to be taken is essential. Climate control and ambient temperature variances may be experienced and required by patient care and needs of the surgical team. Hours of duty may be irregular or unexpectedly extended due to the requirements of the job.

OSHA Exposure Classification:

Job Category I. Direct contact with blood or other body fluids to which universal precautions apply. Personal protective equipment is made available and must be worn

Duties and Responsibilities:

PEOPLE

  • Adheres to staffing schedules, attendance policy, and cooperates with daily assignments as requested.
  • Demonstrates skills as a team player.
  • Participates in orientation of new staff, ensures facility morale exemplifies the mission and values of the center.
  • Willingness to teach others and participate in competency programs.
  • Completes Health Stream in a timely manner annually.
  • Participates in all staff meetings for department and facility for informative and educational purposes.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Employee turnover rate
  • Participation in orientation of new hires
  • Department and Facility staff meetings attendance
  • Attendance/Tardiness
  • Completion date of Health Stream Education

SERVICE

  • Demonstrates effective communication skills with staff, management, physicians, patients, and family members.
  • Establishes and maintains exceptional services to all customers including physicians, patients and employees with the goal of delighting all customers.

3. Communicates changes in as necessary to physicians, family members, and other staff.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physician Satisfaction

QUALITY

  • Notifies appropriate Management and staff regarding variances and/or concerns.

2. Assures the delivery of quality clinical care through participation in NSH benchmarking programs.

3. Assures facility policies and procedures are followed .

  • Maintains a safe environment, adheres to all patient care and facility safety requirements.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Participation in Performance Improvement initiatives and activities

FINANCE

  • Conserves resources and minimizes cost when possible.
  • Participates and assists with implementation of cost saving initiatives for the department.
  • Communicates ideas for cost containment and reducing expense.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • EBITDA results
  • Expense control initiatives and results

GROWTH

  • Through competency and customer service, employee will contribute to the growth of the facility.
  • Employee communicates service line development ideas with facility leadership.

The above responsibilities may be evaluated by measuring the following:

  • Facility volume performance

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