The Brookmeade Community Wins Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award

Recognized for outstanding operational improvements to ensure best-in-class healthcare delivery

Rhinebeck, NY – The Brookmeade Community has been recognized by Intalere, the healthcare industry leader in delivering optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes, as an Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award winner in the category of Community Impact and Innovation. Through this annual awards program, Intalere recognizes successful initiatives its members implement to enhance quality and operations, improve patient satisfaction and increase community awareness and education.

“Intalere members are successfully creating incremental value and greater operational efficiencies through constant innovation and transfer of best practices,” said Julius Heil, Intalere president and CEO. “We are honored to recognize our members for their accomplishments, and believe that through collaboration and engagement, we can positively impact healthcare delivery for the future.”

The Brookemeade Community winning project, Brookmeade Culinary Arts Exploration, involved implementing culinary-based activities for residents of the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck, providing lectures and demonstrations on how to make a variety of tasty dishes and soups. The more recent program in Brookmeade’s Culinary Arts, Soup for the Soul, mirrors Culinary Insights and International Culinary Hour, two current programs for residents and the public and will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month on the Brookmeade Community campus.
The Soup for the Soul will be part of the New Day program, which provides structured yet creative activities for residents living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and other chronic illnesses. Brookmeade Culinary Arts Explorations initiates socialization and personal sensory stimulation through the sights, smells and tastes of the soups produced and served. Increased engagement with dining services personnel will enhance memory and foster discussions regarding the residents’ particular taste profiles and favorite foods that may not currently appear on the daily menu. Additionally, soup is a perfect vehicle to augment the residents’ diets nutritionally and aid in the prevention of dehydration.
Brookmeade’s Chefs and dishes have made a real community impact, enhancing and raising the standard for quality of food not only served in a nursing home but in the entire Rhinebeck community. The Brookmeade Community has shared their award-winning culinary dishes with residents and the public via cooking demonstration shows, International Culinary Hour and Culinary Insight. The Brookmeade culinary team can also be seen at community events such as The Taste of Rhinebeck, where they won the Ira Gutner Award or the Dutchess County Fair. When it comes to culinary diversity and nutritious meals at nursing homes, The Brookmeade Community is setting the standard very high. It is imperative in the Healthcare Dining Services setting, that we consistently and qualitatively augment our menu with savory flavor profiles that are conducive to the well-being of our residents. For example, instead of preparing and serving high sodium and preservative ridden food, it is our responsibility to limit sodium intake and chemically altered food by purchasing ingredients in their natural state and devising recipes and procedures that highlight and do not mask their intrinsic benefits. Using Mono unsaturated fats, controlling sugar and sodium levels, and purchasing food items in an unprepared state are key factors in implementing healthy menu items.
“Food is a good variety; staff is always willing to listen to suggestions and ideas. Chefs are excellent at what they do.” Marilyn Fitzpatrick
“I love coming to Eric’s classes because I cook a lot and learn different techniques, he is so helpful. “ Linda Schrader
When asked what Linda’s favorite meal was she stated, “Any meal that is made by Eric and in front of me is my favorite, they are all so good!”
“We are honored that Brookmeade’s Culinary Arts is being recognized by the community for the high standards and great taste created by our chefs. Brookmeade’s Culinary Art program increases the quality of life for our residents;” said Karen Zobel, CEO/Administrator of The Brookmeade Community “We are dedicated to making improvements to benefit our residents, staff and the community and appreciate the joy of eating with our residents and friends but more importantly we are thankful for the community support.”

“We are honored to be recognized by Intalere for the work we have done to improve healthcare delivery at our facility,” said Karen Zobel, CEO/Administrator of The Brookmeade Community “We are dedicated to making improvements to benefit our residents, staff and the community and appreciate the joy of eating with our residents and friends but more importantly the recognition of our efforts on a national scale and from our local community.”

The Brookmeade Community will be presented with the award at a ceremony which will be held during Intalere’s Elevate 2017, May 15-18, in Orlando, Fla. The winning project will also be featured in a professional banner session and included in a best practices compendium.

About The Brookmeade Community
The Brookmeade Community was founded in April 9th, 1869 in Brooklyn, NY and known as The Baptist Home of Brooklyn. On June 19th, 1976 The Baptist Home found a new home in Rhinebeck, NY. The Brookmeade Community is committed to providing person centered care and setting an example for our field’s best practice.

The Community at Brookmeade, located on 75 country acres just outside the Village of Rhinebeck, is a senior living retirement community serving the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. Arbor Ridge offers independent living, The Terraces offers assisted living, and The Baptist Home provides long term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, palliative care and Out-Patient Rehabilitation Services.

About Intalere
Intalere’s mission focuses on improving the operational health of America’s healthcare providers by designing tailored, smart solutions that deliver optimal cost, quality and clinical outcomes. We strive to be the essential partner for operational excellence in healthcare through customized solutions that address customers’ individual needs. We assist our customers in managing their entire non-labor spend, providing innovative technologies, products and services, and leveraging the best practices of a provider-led model. As Intalere draws on the power of our owner Intermountain Healthcare’s nationally-recognized supply chain expertise and leadership in technology, process improvement, and evidence-based clinical and business best practices, we are uniquely positioned to be the innovation leader in the healthcare industry. Visit to learn more.


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