CAMBRIDGE -- Under the management of the hospital's new executive chef, Scott Lamphear, associates in Southeastern Med's Nutrition Services Department successfully completed the ServSafe Food Handler's Program with a 100 percent completion rate.

The ServSafe Food Handler Program is a rigorous food-safety training program developed by the National Restaurant Association to provide accurate, up-to-date information on all aspects of handling food from receiving and storing to preparing and serving.

Associates were tested on five modules, including:

Personal hygiene;

Cross-contamination and Allergens;

Job-specific guidelines;

Time and temperature; and

Cleaning and sanitation.

"Thank you to the whole dietary team for taking on this challenge and completing it with a 100 percent completion rate," said Lamphear. "This training is essential to every foodservice operation and it promotes health and cleanliness, prevents sickness and helps ensure the well-being of every customer and employee."

Lamphear joined Southeastern Med in March through a contract with HHA Services to oversee the management of the Nutrition Services Department. Since joining Southeastern Med, Lamphear has reworked the cafeteria menu and plans reintroduce the hospital's Sunday chicken dinner.

"My primary goal is to enhance the dining experience at the hospital," Lamphear said. "In the short amount of time I have been here, the entire department has moved forward, and I am excited to continue the process and reach the next level."

On July 11, Lamphear and Chelsea Masters, Community Dietitian at Southeastern Med, will host a demonstration on how to prepare healthy, delicious foods on the grill, including fresh fish, vegetables and fruit. The event is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. on the patio at Southeastern Med. Samples will be provided. Seating is limited. Please call 435-2900 to reserve a seat.