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Franciscan Hospital for Children Selects Unidine Corporation for Fresh Approach to Foodservice

Collaboration puts Hospital at Forefront of Healthy Eating and Holistic Approach to Wellness for Children

BOSTON (June 16, 2014) — Unidine Corporation®, a national food and dining management services company committed to Fresh Thinking and Culinary Excellence, today announced that it has been selected by Franciscan Hospital for Children to transform the hospital’s dining program. The strategic partnership positions the hospital at the forefront of pediatric healthcare, using fresh food as part of a holistic approach to wellness and healing. Unidine will assume the management of more than 400 meals daily, with increased healthy and fresh options readily available to inpatient units and guests, onsite schools, residential programs, and day cares. The transition will begin on June 15and will be completed over the course of the next six months.

“We recognize the importance of good nutrition and how it relates to overall wellness,” said Franciscan Hospital for Children president and CEO John D. Nash, “We’re pleased to partner with Unidine to achieve our goal of delighting children, families, students and staff with delicious, healthy and accessible food options.”

Franciscan Hospital chose Unidine to create a dining program that reflects its focus on wellness and healthy eating. Unidine’s unique integration of expertise in the culinary arts, diet and nutrition, hospitality, and operations management will support Franciscan Hospital’s complete care model while delivering a dining experience that is customized to the unique characteristics of the Franciscan Hospital community.

“We are proud to welcome Franciscan Hospital to our client family,” said Richard Schenkel, founder and CEO of Unidine Corporation. “By selecting Unidine as its partner, Franciscan Hospital is signaling its commitment to the enjoyment and wellbeing of its patients, employees and guests with an innovative, universally appealing culinary experience and strategic approach to dining services.”

Unidine was selected for its commitment to creating authentic food from scratch using fresh responsibly-sourced, seasonal ingredients and culinary creativity. Among the unique and award-winning programs Unidine will use to enhance Franciscan Hospital’s dining program are the addition of hydration stations around the hospital campus and a new retail experience in the cafeteria including the addition of exhibition cooking.  Over the next several months, additional enhancements will include the rollout of updated fresh food standards and transformed patient menus.

About Unidine Corporation
Unidine Corporation is a national food and dining management services company that manages dining programs for corporations, hospitals and senior living communities in 200 facilities across the United States. Unidine’s fresh approach is built on a platform that blends culinary artistry, expertise in clinical nutrition; excellent service, strong management, and a commitment to delivering customize programs suited to the unique characteristics of each client community. Founded in 2001, Unidine’s success is derived from consistent execution in four key areas: exclusive focus on food and dining management services; a commitment to scratch cooking with fresh, seasonal, responsibly sourced ingredients; exceptional customer service and a corporate culture enlivened by each team member’s passion for culinary and service excellence. For more information, please visit unidine.com or visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/Unidine and Twitter at twitter.com/Unidine.

About Franciscan Hospital for Children
Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, is the largest pediatric rehabilitation facility in New England. Programs and services offered address the medical, behavioral and educational needs of children. For more information on Franciscan Hospital for Children please visit www.franciscanhospital.org. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FranciscanHFC or follow Franciscan Hospital for Children on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FranciscanHFC.

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Sean Flanagan
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