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University HealthSystem Consortium Selects Sodexo to Provide Food and Nutrition Services

OAK BROOK, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) today announced that it has awarded a 3-year agreement to one supplier, Sodexo Inc., based in Gaithersburg, Md, for food and nutrition services. The agreement, which has 2 optional 1-year renewal periods, became effective on May 1, 2009.

Sodexo is a leading provider of comprehensive management solutions for food and nutrition services to hospital patients, staff, and visitors. Services are focused in 5 key areas:

  • On-site management: Professional manager(s) placed at the facility
  • Food management process: Menu engineering and comprehensive buying program
  • Patient dining: Customizable, computerized 5-star menu
  • Retail concepts and brands: Signature and national brands include vegetarian, ethnic, regional, and wellness cuisine
  • Clinical nutrition: Registered dietitians to formulate and implement nutrition programs

The scope of services and areas of focus are customized based on the individual needs of each UHC member.

UHC's Cindy White, vice president of Operations & Supply Optimization services, says, "Sodexo provides outstanding value for UHC members. They meet the ethical, cultural, and nutritional needs of patients, staff, and visitors. Their management programs make it easier for hospital staff to stay focused on the well-being of patients."

"Sodexo is proud to partner with UHC to enhance the patient experience through both clinical and operational excellence. With the addition of Food and Nutrition Services to our UHC agreement, UHC members now have access to a wider range of industry-leading services that are customized to meet their individual needs," said Patrick Connolly, health care market president and chief operating officer for Sodexo.

Sodexo has been listed on the 2009 World's Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere Institute.

About UHC

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), formed in 1984, is an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 210 of their affiliated hospitals, representing approximately 90% of the nation's nonprofit academic medical centers. UHC offers its members specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational, financial, and patient safety performance. The mission of UHC is to advance knowledge, foster collaboration, and promote change to help members succeed in their respective markets. For more information, visit

About Sodexo

Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than 10 million customers daily in corporations, health care, long-term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md, is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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