Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Food and Nutrition Team Receive National Safety Recognition

Highlands, N.C. (October 23, 2018) – The Food and Nutrition team at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital was recently awarded 3rd place in National Safety from Morrison Healthcare out of 700 other hospitals within the nation.

“I am beyond proud of our team here at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital,” said Nicole Whitmire, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “Our team members work so hard day in and day out caring for the nutritional needs of patients, residents, Meals on Wheels recipients and customers, ensuring production is complete and safety is followed. This award shows just that.”

As with any work environment, accidents can occur. When they do, team leaders investigate the accident and educate the employees involved while also educating the team on how to prevent the accident from occurring again. Team members stay mindful of such events and have prevention techniques to monitor the safety for themselves and their fellow employees.

(Pictured: front row – Louis Cragg, Kitchen Supervisor; Shannon DeShane, Server; Sonia Barandarian, Cook; Nicole Cook, Registered Dietician; Kate Morrow, Dietetic Intern; second row – Ravit Steinberg, Caterer and Baker; Janet Singletary, Dietary Aide; Nicole Whitmire, Director; Kirtis Kresmer, Cook; Jon DeWitt, Cashier and Retail Services; Joel Porter, Cook. Not pictured: Yunaya Balding, Patient Services Supervisor; Bruce Sloan, Utility; Caleb Cannon, Utility; Bradley Votry, Cook; Linda Bennett, Server; Ashlee Brewer, Server and CA; and Jason Channell, RDO, Morrison Healthcare)


Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, a member of Mission Health, is a not-for-profit community hospital serving Macon, Jackson and the surrounding counties. Located on Highway 64 between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers, the hospital offers 24/7 emergency care, acute inpatient care, rehabilitation, as well as long-term care through Eckerd Living Center. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has 24 beds for acute care services and 80 beds in the Eckerd Living Center. Ambulatory services are also available, including therapy services and primary care practices serving both Highlands and Cashiers. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org/highlandscashiers.


Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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