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Dietary Services Director at Central Texas Medical Center Robert Hicks (middle) was awarded the Illuminating Excellence Award by Premier.  Photo courtesy of CTMC

Dietary services director recognized at national forum

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dietary Services Director at Central Texas Medical Center Robert Hicks was recognized by Premier, a leading healthcare improvement company, for his accomplishments and improvements in operations. This includes: patient satisfaction scores; documented cost savings; activities that support the values and mission of the organization; and professional/community activities and personal achievements in the last year.

“I’m so humbled to win, and proud of what this represents for dietary services here at CTMC," Hicks said. "We’re providing nourishment for our patients and visitors every day with innovative recipes, and our registered dietitians continue to educate and promote healthy eating awareness. We’re also making sure our physicians and nurses have unique grab-n-go options to keep them thriving. I’m fortunate to have a top-notch team; we’ve worked hard to get here.”

Hicks was recognized on June 20, during Premier’s annual Foodservice Forum held in conjunction with its Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, which brought more than 4,000 provider and supplier attendees to Nashville, Tennessee.

“We are thrilled Robert received this well-deserved award,” said CTMC President/CEO Anthony Stahl. “His leadership reflects the excellent quality our nutrition program provides and the terrific experience our patients and our visitors have each day.”

Premier has the industry’s largest foodservice purchasing program, offering savings to providers across the U.S. The program provides aggressive contracts with foodservice manufacturers, industry leading value-added services and educational opportunities.

“We’re honored to recognize Robert for his leadership and accomplishments,” said Debby Kasper, Premier RDN, LDN, SNS director of Clinical Nutrition and Wellness Program Development. “He is improving foodservice offerings in his facility, while enhancing the dining experience.”

Central Texas Medical Center, which originated in 1923 as the Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. 

For more than 20 consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. 

In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. 

For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the website at ctmc.org. CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS).

Premier Inc. is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 other provider organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.

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