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Green Belt project helps Victoria Manor realize savings

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Project: Raw Food Cost Containment

Project Lead: Holly Speedie

Team Members: Dietary Manager Dawna Velduis, Assistant Dietary Manager Heather Brown, Dietitian Kim Dawson, Cook Patty Osborne, Dietary Aide Lori Eades, and Life Enrichment Aide Melissa Alfred

Savings: $2,800

When Holly Speedie completed her three days of Green Belt training as part of the City of Kawartha Lakes  Lean Six Sigma initiative, she admits undertaking her first project was a bit nerve wracking. But for the Manager of Resident and Family Services at Victoria Manor, working with a great team of highly qualified, knowledgeable staff helped the project reach fruition.

“Our first project was to look at raw food cost containment,” explained Ms. Speedie. “The Ministry of Health gives us funding which amounts to $7.80 per day per resident for food. With that we have to achieve a menu that is dietician-approved and maintains specified nutritional levels and still maintaining resident satisfaction.

“We are already doing a lot of things to ensure our residents are satisfied,” said Ms. Speedie. “Our residents receive yogurt everyday – something that isn’t mandated, but something we wanted to do, and we needed to be able to continue doing that.”

Working with the team, comprised of Dietary Manager Dawna Velduis, Assistant Dietary Manager Heather Brown, Dietitian Kim Dawson, Cook Patty Osborne, Dietary Aide Lori Eades, and Life Enrichment Aide Melissa Alfred, Ms. Speedie said that the intent was to look at raw food costs while still maintaining the high level of meal satisfaction that has been achieved under Dawna‘s leadership.

“As part of the project we involved the residents through the Food Committee chaired by Dawna, to look at the menu and realize cost savings through different choices and still have happy residents.

“The team was very committed to this project,” she said. “It really allowed us to focus on the process and at the end we felt we accomplished something.

“I think moving forward we will look at projects with productivity efficiencies and the Lean Six Sigma initiative gives us a really scoped focus,” she continued. “It provides us with additional tools to look at continuous improvement.”

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