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First hospital in NJ to implement AHA standards

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently honored Trinitas Regional Medical Center for its impact in increasing standards in food and nutrition among health care systems in New Jersey. Trinitas was the first hospital in the state to use AHA’s new Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit, which was designed to help organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health. The toolkit provides practical action steps and suggestions that are easy to understand and apply.

"The use of this toolkit was essential to our mission as a health care provider," states Nancy DiLiegro, PhD, FACHE, Chief Clinical Officer/Vice President of Clinical Operations and Physician Services. "We pride ourselves on providing quality, nutritious options to our patients and guests. We want to be the example of healthy living from the food we eat to the lifestyles we lead." Dr. DiLiegro is a dedicated board member for the Northern NJ Chapter of the American Heart Association and a board member for the American Heart Association Founders Affiliate for eight states.

Combined with the internal expertise and resources of the Food & Nutrition Department, Trinitas was able to achieve a positive impact through offering healthier vending machine options, catering at special events, and presenting nutrition seminars. The American Heart Association acknowledged Trinitas for its leadership and commitment to building a healthier environment for employees, patients, visitors and the community.

"We have a great team within the Food & Nutrition Department," exclaims Michelle S. Ali, MPA, RDN, Director of Food & Nutrition Services at Trinitas. "Each person shares a passion for food and clean eating. Our team eagerly hosts free events to show the community how to prepare meals while making healthier choices in the process."

"It is important to strengthen the chain of survival in our community," says Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President & CEO. "The AHA toolkit brings the chain full circle by incorporating healthy dietary guidelines for Trinitas to implement and share with the community."


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: August 28, 2017

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