Erlanger Food Facilities And Cleaning Department To Get Major Improvements Under Aramark Contract

Monday, November 18, 2013

Erlanger Health System food facilities and the housekeeping department will get major improvements under a new contract with Aramark, officials said Monday night. It includes some $10.5 million in capital upgrades.

An Aramark official said the upgrades will start first at the Medical Mall, then move to the cafe and then the kitchen. The work should take about two years.

Gregg Gentry, chief administrative officer, said Erlanger will save $3 million per year by shipping out food and cleaning services to Aramark.

Sodexo and Morrison's also submitted proposals for food services. Erlanger has been working with Sodexo for the past 27 years.

Mr. Gentry said Aramark will take the current 100 Erlanger food service employees and 150 Erlanger cleaning employees and keep them at their same salaries. Their seniority will also be honored.

Kevin Spiegel, Erlanger CEO, said Aramark will beef up employment at both food service and cleaning. He said, "There will be more people working at Erlanger."

Aramark plans to spend $1 million on special cleaning machines and will have an infection control specialist on staff.

Mr. Spiegel said an Erlanger employee will be assigned fulltime to oversee the transition.

Mr. Gentry said Erlanger officials visited the Cleveland Clinic, which has had Aramark service for over a year. He said they were highly impressed.

JaniKing has been cleaning medical offices, but will be phased out.

Aramark also handles food service at UTC and Unum, it was stated.

Two separate resolutions, presented by Chief Administrative Officer Gregg Gentry, were for the approval of Aramark Healthcare Support Services to provide both Environmental (EVS) and Food/Nutrition Services (FNS) to the Erlanger Health System.

According to Mr. Gentry, vendors responding to Erlanger’s request for proposals for FNS were our current vendor Sodexo, Aramark and Morrison’s. Submitting bids to Erlanger for EVS were our current vendor, JaniKing, Sodexo, ADM, CMS, Xanitos, and Aramark. Sodexo and Aramark were the only vendors who submitted bids to manage both FNS and EVS.

Mr. Gentry said that Erlanger employees were told last week that the decision "was no reflection on the outstanding work and service they provide to Erlanger, but rather a financial one."

The budget and finance committee voted to approve the resolution on Aramark. It will be voted on by the full board on Thursday night.


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