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AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center also earns a Partnership for Patients Premier Award

DANVILLE, Pa. –  Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, recently presented the Culinary Cup Award to Matt Cervay, executive chef of the Geisinger Corporate Foodservice Team, for winning the recipe competition at its Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. 

Hospital chefs and food service workers across Premier’s networks submit themed recipes in the months leading up to the conference, with four finalists being selected to compete for the Culinary Cup Award.

This year’s competition theme was on-trend bowls. Cervay won for his Santa Fe Breakfast Bowl.

“I wanted to keep things fresh, flavorful and bright,” Cervay said of his winning dish.

He built upon his Santa Fe breakfast bowl’s farro base with black beans and fresh vegetables, with a fried egg on top. He also added cumin-seasoned pico de gallo and salsa verde, with avocado and sprinkled queso fresco. At just $1.68 a serving, the recipe is a cost effective option.

“I wanted to introduce it with a breakfast twist,” he said.

He was presented the award as Premier recognized more than 160 hospitals, health systems and suppliers recently for their outstanding work to improve healthcare quality and costs at its Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 27-30 in Washington, D.C.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, in Atlantic City, N.J. – a member of the Geisinger Health System – also received the Partnership for Patients/Premier Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 Award at the conference. The hospital earned the award for reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions, as part of their participation during the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 initiative.


About Geisinger
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Geisinger Executive Chef Matt Cervay accepts Premier's Culinary Cup Award.
From left: David Nettles, Vice President Foodservice Sourcing, Premier Inc.; Mary Ruzzi, R.D., LDN, Geisinger Foodservice Program Director, Matt Cervay, Executive Chef, Geisinger Corporate Foodservice; Lynne Brown, System Operations Director. Geisinger Foodservice; Steve Cerullo Senior Director, Geisinger Foodservice; Bruce Thomas, Vice President of Guest Services, Geisinger; and Bob Juerjens, Vice President Operations, Premier.

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