'Homing Trays' at the Atrium? Well - Almost
Atrium Cafeteria trays wind up in the most unlikely places -
in fact, wherever you happen to take them throughout the hospital. And this
wanderlust generates expense for tray replacement as well as inconsistent
tray availability in the Atrium, problems two hospital departments ­p;
nutrition and dietetics and environmental services - have taken seriously
and done something about.
They have joined efforts to make returning trays to the cafeteria easier
for you and more efficient for the hospital.
"The system is in place. All we need is your cooperation," say
Kathryn Goldberg, RD, director, nutrition and dietetics, and Nancy M. Schneck,
director, environmental services.
Departments are asked to designate a specific space within their own area
for return-ready trays. Any trays brought into the department should be
cleared of any food debris and stacked in that place daily. Monday through
Friday, environmental services staff will remove any neatly stacked trays
and drop them at designated central locations throughout the hospital. Then
nutrition and dietetics staff will pick trays up from these central locations
When taking food from the building, Atrium customers are asked to continue
to use disposable trays, conveniently stocked near the Atrium cashier stations
for this purpose. "
If everyone cooperates, more trays will become available for Atrium customers,
tray clutter will be avoided and the expense of tray replacement will be
reduced," says Steven Seidel, assistant director/Gibbon Building, environmental
services. He and Terri Wentzell, unit manager, Foerderer Pavilion, Main
and Thompson buildings, environmental services, and Mary Grant, assistant
director, production services, nutrition and dietetics, coordinated the
establishment of central locations throughout Gibbon, Main and Thompson
buildings as nutrition and dietetics pick-up locations for this improved