Texas Health Allen Welcomes New Director of Food and Nutrition|
ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen recently welcomed Justin Shaffer as its new director of food and nutrition services.
A McKinney native, Shaffer is a restaurant lover with 15 years of experience in the food service industry. He holds a bachelor of science in hospitality management from the University of North Texas, and is Food Safety Certified.
"I've worked in the food service industry in many different roles, and each has provided me a benefit," said Shaffer. "But in health care, it's all the more rewarding because patients don't typically want to be in a hospital, so to provide them with a meal that can provide them comfort, and that they look forward to is extremely rewarding.”
Prior to Texas Health Allen, Justin spent four and a half years at The Heart Hospital of Baylor Plano in food and nutrition services, as well as a year at McKinney ISD in the Food Services department.
In his new role, Shaffer is responsible for providing meals to patients, the hospital cafeteria and the physicians' lounge. New menu items focus on seasonal vegetables, heart-healthy recipes and he steers clear of overly-processed products.
“We strive to give our patients the best of everything — and that includes a fresh, nutritious menu that will help get them back on their feet and back home,” said Jeff Reecer, president of Texas Health Allen. “Justin has done a great job of working with the kitchen team and dietitians to make sure that the food we offer our patients, staff and visitors is top notch.”
Justin and his wife, Abby, who is a part-time nurse at Texas Health Allen, have been married since 2011. They have a 2-year-old son, Adam. Justin has participated on the McKinney ISD School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), which promotes health and well-being for students, parents and faculty.
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