Diet Associate

Location: Winchester, MA
Job ID: 171513-1A
Date Posted: Oct 22, 2021
Category: Service and Trades

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Winchester Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Winchester Hospital was the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. It has since received the recognition a fourth time. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.


About the Job

Contributes to the Hospital’s mission by providing accurate and therapeutic food and nutrition services to our patients. This staff position will have an impact on patient satisfaction and our ability to continuously improve quality and safety by providing patients with nutritional information and healthy food choices during their hospital stay.  




Required: High School Diploma or G.E.D.



Required: Some work experience

Preferred: Prior patient contact, food service and/or customer experience


Other Skills/Knowledge

Required: For safety and quality reasons, must be able to read, write and communicate effectively in English with patients, visitors and fellow members of the hospital team.

Preferred: Basic computer skills




POPULATION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:  Infant, Children, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric



Schedule requirements:  Rotating schedule with weekend and holiday rotation



·        Reports to Clinical Nutrition Manager

·        Not responsible for supervising the work of others 


As part of the Food & Nutrition Service team, this position:


·        Completes the menus with patient, considering food allergies, ethnic/cultural issues, food preference, tolerance and the nutritional plan as determined by the dietitian.

·        Retrieves full food carts/trucks from the kitchen and delivers to patient floors.

·        Carries trays to appropriate patient and delivers accurate and timely meals according to the prescribed diet order per department standards.

·        Addresses personalized patient requests, by working with the kitchen and dietitian in an effort to accommodate the request within the patient care plan.

·        Sets up and feeds patients as needed.

·        Completes basic clinical documentation using the computerized system and/or Kardex system as appropriate.

·        Maintains cleanliness and safety of food in unit kitchens by stocking food items, according to the needs of the unit, rotating stock to avoid expired food.  Records daily temperatures of unit’s fridge and freezer.

·        Assists in the tray line in the kitchen by checking food trays for accuracy, and assisting in the kitchen with other dietary needs for the patient.

·        Gathers Quality Assurance data (daily/weekly/monthly) and documentation to ensure compliance with the hospital’s quality and patient safety initiatives.

·        Maintains a clean and safe environment to enhance patient satisfaction and a culture of safety.

·        Responds to equipment issues in a timely manner to ensure availability of equipment and to maximize its useful life.



Per diem

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.