At this year’s annual Northwell Health Chefs Challenge, our passionate and talented culinary teams competed at Glen Cove Hospital to make a delicious, healthy meal for future patients at Northwell. In its 12th year of hosting this competition, Northwell is continuing its mission of redefining food in healthcare and elevating quality nutrition for all of our patients and team members — because we know that food is medicine.
During the competition, each team comprised of our chefs, cooks and registered dieticians, have 90-minutes to present a healthy, flavorful three-course meal to the judges. This year our celebrity guest judge was none other than world-renowned restauranteur and cookbook author, Chef David Burke.
“I’m blown away by this event,” said Chef Burke. “Food is so important because it brings joy to people who may be in fear when they’re in the hospital. The word hospitality and hospital are one in the same so if we can up the [patient] experience of being in the hospital through food and nutrition, it really makes a whole lot of sense.” *
It was an exciting competition with the winners from Northern Westchester Hospital receiving an all-expenses paid trip to Napa Valley, including a visit to the Culinary Institute of America. The winning dishes comprised of a mushroom and farro risotto appetizer, main entrée of a filet of wild black cod and a mouth-watering dessert of Bing cherry and almond clafouti with a matcha and yogurt crème anglaise. Huntington Hospital placed second and in third place was Staten Island University Hospital, Prince’s Bay.
Chef Andrew Cain, regional executive chef at Northern Westchester Hospital, shared, “It was an honor to be selected as one of the four finalists for the 2023 Chef’s Challenge. Competing was certainly an exhilarating experience.” We asked Chef Andrew how he and his team decided on the winning menu and he shared how the team collaborated on the development of each dish. “We looked to the spring season for our ingredients, as well as our favorite recipes we thought would be good choices for our seasonal patient menu at Northern Westchester Hospital.”
Northwell is committed to creating nutritious and delicious meals for our patients and team members. Healthy meals that help our patients heal and make their stay easier at our hospitals is our priority. Looking to begin or advance your career in hospitality? There are a variety of positions available from chefs and cooks to food service and dining assistants. Be a part of an award-winning team with access to comprehensive benefits, career growth and development opportunities, wellness programs and more!
Food has the power to heal and inspire us. Join our passionate, talented culinary team at Northwell.
*Credit: Long Island Media Group
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Meet Michael, Senior Manager of Operations at Vivo Health Pharmacy, Ambitious and Health Raiser
Michael Francesco, senior manager of operations at Vivo Health Pharmacy, had 20 years of experience as a pharmacy technician before joining Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy in 2016. As a pharmacy technician, he performed data entry on newly received prescriptions, assisted with co-payments and requested prescription refills for patients. In 2018, Michael was promoted to lead pharmacy technician for Vivo Health’s Mail Order Pharmacy. There he was responsible for overseeing and training technicians at Vivo Health’s call center while assisting customers.
Michael’s career journey continued to thrive when he became a part of Vivo Health’s leadership team as an associate program manager in 2021., In this role, he focused on creating training materials for his team members, including user guides and manuals, while also assisting with onboarding new employees. One year later, Michael was promoted to manager of operations, responsible for Vivo Pharmacy computer system upgrades. He worked hard to further improve training programs and onboarding documents and worked closely with various Northwell business partners to implement new technologies.
In his current role, as a senior manager of operations at Vivo Health Pharmacy’s, Michael now leads the central services team, which includes pharmacy interns, float pharmacists and central processing team members, supporting every retail location across our health system. He standardizes and optimizes the patient and team member experience, and helps plan, test and implement new upgrades into Vivo Health’s current system. .
Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy is an ambulatory care pharmacy services leader, providing specialized pharmacy services that form full delivery medical care systems across all Northwell Health facilities. As Northwell’s retail pharmacy partner, Vivo Health Pharmacy’s mission is aligned with Northwell’s mission of improving the health of communities by providing the highest quality of care.
In his time at Northwell, Michael has gained more opportunities and grown his career in retail pharmacy more than he ever thought possible. Getting a job with Northwell was a goal of his for many years because he knew Northwell had a reputation for supporting their employees, paying them well and giving them opportunities to grow. “Northwell’s Vivo Health Pharmacy leaders listen to their employees and create an inclusive and dynamic space to work and grow,” says Michael. He believes that Vivo Health is unique to other pharmacy retail companies because here he has been able to advance into positions that are traditionally reserved for pharmacists in other retail companies. “I have been very fortunate at Vivo to have people around me who wanted me to succeed, listened to my ideas and allowed me the freedom to implement them.”
When asked if he could offer any advice to those looking to start a career in pharmacy at Northwell, Michael encourages anyone starting their career to get as much experience as possible, build relationships with a pharmacist and fellow technicians and to never be afraid to ask questions.
Northwell Health’s imaging team members develop and thrive within their field of specialty
Discover a career well cared for in imaging at Northwell Health. From state-of-the-art technology to accurately interpreting the details of every scan, our imaging team members work hard to make a positive impact in the lives of our patients.
By joining our team of Health Raisers, you can work alongside those who are as passionate as we are about making a positive impact in the lives of our patients and the community. Whether you’re just starting out, moving into a more senior position or you’ve begun to explore a new career direction, Northwell has the resources to support and guide you on your path.
Below, you will find just a few career growth opportunities for CT, mammography, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound or other areas of specialty. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for with our imaging team.
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