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SGMC’s Chef Donaldson Receives National Award for Culinary Excellence

Posted on: October 31st, 2014


Pictured is Gary Harrell (SGMC Director of Food Services), Lenny Scranton (Morrison Region Vice President), Curt Seid (Morrison Vice President Culinary Support), Reginald Donaldson (SGMC Executive Chef), Bruce Bartz (Morrison Corporate Executive Chef), Andrew Flemer (SGMC Chief Operating Officer), Mo Mosher (Assistant Administrator of Engineering & Facilities) and Matt Gleason (Morrison Region Director of Operations) at a reception held at South Georgia Medical Center on Wed., Oct. 29 South Georgia Medical Center Executive Chef Reggie Donaldson received the Willis Williams Spirit of Service Award for Culinary Excellence from Morrison Healthcare, a leading contract food and nutrition services company for hospitals and health systems across the United States.

Donaldson is the first recipient of this award which honors the late Willis Clay Williams, Sr., one of Morrison’s Corporate Executive Chefs who enjoyed a 32-year career at Morrison. Donaldson was nominated for the award by SGMC and competed against a dozen finalists from across the nation. He was selected for his ability to deliver flavor with wellness in mind, incorporating great-tasting, healthy food for patients, visitors and staff at SGMC. Notable achievements from the past year include lowering food cost by 6 percent, developing two team members through participation in chef certification programs, and conducting daily patient rounds without fail.

“Reggie always finds a way to get it done without sacrificing quality and has incorporated the Morrison’s Mindful Choices Wellness Platform into his mainstream operation,” says Curt Seidl, Vice President of Corporate Culinary Services at Morrison Healthcare. SGMC Chief Operating Officer Andrew Flemer, concluded by saying, “Reggie exemplifies not only the best Morrison has to offer, but he is also an ambassador of the teamwork cultivated at South Georgia Medical Center to enhance the patient experience.

This is one of 22 awards received by SGMC in the last year, truly demonstrating SGMC’s commitment to serve as the region’s premier health system and destination for health care!” About Morrison Healthcare Morrison Healthcare is a leading national food and nutrition services company exclusively dedicated to serving more than 600 hospitals and healthcare systems. Morrison’s hospital kitchens, restaurants and cafés feature socially responsible practices and exceptional guest experiences. The company’s wellness platform includes the latest in healthful eating and an understanding of behavioral change in food consumption.

Morrison has joined the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) Hospital Healthy Food Initiative by committing 400 of its hospitals to improve the nutrition of patient meals and onsite food options. Morrison’s alignment with PHA will positively impact up to 41 million patients and 500 million hospital meals annually. The Atlanta-based company is a division of Compass Group and was recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 2013 Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

The company has thousands of dedicated staff, including more than 1,300 registered dietitians, 450 executive chefs and 19,000 professional food service team members. Visit for more information.