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{Past Event} - Toxicity and Volume Reduction Opportunities in Food Services

July 20, 2007 - 1:00 pm - July 20, 2007 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


From waste prevention, to greener cleaners, integrated pest management, composting, reusables and recycling — food services has a lot of opportunitiy for environmental improvements. Learn from the team at Children’s of their positive outcomes attributed to changing how they manage food service materials.

SponsorHerman Miller for Healthcare

 Committed to Environmentally Conscious Approaches


Gerard Kirchner, MBA,RD,CD, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Telephone: 206/987-6057
Gerard has just completed his twenty fifth year as director, at Children’s. His 40 year career in food service management has been primarily in Hospital food service both in the United States and Europe. Gerard is a registered dietitian, certified in Washington State and a member of the American Society for Healthcare Foodservice Administrators. Gerard and his wife live in Bothell, a suburb north of Seattle. They have recently become “empty nesters” as their son and daughter have now moved out on their own over the last couple of years. Gerard enjoys gardening and opera.

Chef Walter N. Bronowitz CCC, CCE, AAC, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Telephone: 206/987-6057
Walter Bronowitz is Executive Chef and Dietary Manager at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, overseeing a staff of sixty with the assistance of four supervisors, together we operate a catering division, a staff and patient family café and patient feeding for this 250 bed facility. Direct responsibilities include recipe and menu development, nutritional oversight of all food served, sales and financial oversight, supervision and development of the cook staff, new product research, equipment purchasing and implementation of new programs. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Walter has an AAS degree in Professional/Technical Education and has taught culinary education in the Seattle area for over twenty years and earned the titles of Certified Chef d’ Cuisine (C.C.C.) and Certified Culinary Educator (C.E.C.) from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Walter is currently the A.C.F.’s National Secretary. The ACF is the national organization of professional chefs and cooks. Walter has previously served as Western Regional Vice President of the ACF and has been awarded three ACF Presidential Medallions over the years. At the 1996 ACF national convention in San Antonio, Tx., Walter was inducted to the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHEFS (AAC). The Academy is the honor society of the ACF and to be accepted, certified chefs must have met a lengthy set of criteria, plus be sponsored by two current members of the Academy. In October of 2000 Walter was presented a distinguished Service Award in recognition of my valuable contributions, distinguished service and enhancing the culinary profession by his leadership. Walter lives with his wife Diane Easley in Lake Forest Park, Washington, a small community just north of Seattle, along Lake Washington. Walter’s wife is a realtor with Lake & Co. Both are avid gardeners, recyclers and composters and try to grow as much of the family’s food as possible. Walter is active in the food community, serving as a judge for many various cooking competitions, including; ACF Apprenticeship graduations, Shelton Oysterfest Amateur and Professional Hot Seafood Competition, Sequim Wa. Rotary Professional Chowder Off, American Chili Society competitions, Washington State Oyster Olympics, and the Bite of Seattle. Community service efforts are numerous — food and cooking demonstrations and classes, and cooking contests. Organizations include, Alzheimer’s Foundation, March of Dimes, Chef and Child Foundation, Rotary Clubs, Pike Place Market Foundation, Taste of Washington Farms, Pacific North West Conference on Food and Wine, Everett Public Schools, Common Meals and the American Heart Association.

Mitch Birchfield, MBA, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Telephone: 206-987-1335
Mitch began his career in healthcare in the late 70’s as an OR suite cleaner at Virginia Mason -a Seattle regional adult Hospital; promoted from within as a Housekeeping Supervisor (1985-1991). In 1992, he was the Purchasing and Facility & Safety Manager for Seattle Children’s Home. In 1994 he was offered a position as the Facility Director for the Bush School. In 1995, he started his present job as a EVS Director and subsequently obtained a second title as Hazardous Materials Manager at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. Mitch has a Master’s Degree in Health Management from the University of Phoenix, and Bachelors in Business from Washington State University (Seattle University Campus). He also maintains 40-Hour Haz-Mat certification and tries to maintain memberships in local networking organizations that include the International Executive Housekeeping Association (IEHA)- Puget Sound Chapter, Health Environmental and Laboratory Professionals (HELP), and the King County Medical Industry Waste Roundtable (MIRT). Mitch is also an American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) member. And from Mitch: “At Children’s - we profoundly impact the lives of kids we treat everyday as leaders we have both the burden and the privilege to preserve our vision and legacies, and to create new legacies that promote best practices, and that genuinely address complex issues that includes using renewable products, adopting sustainable practices and methods, and regularly evaluating our environmental footprint.” Mitch lives with his wife- Vichit- and two kids- Bianca and Mitchai in a small city called Mountlake Terrace about 12 miles north of Seattle. Mitch serves on the City Board of Adjustment- that reviews planning and conditional use issues. There is also a City Spring Clean-Up that everyone gets a chance to practice what we preach!

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