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Spring Harbor Hospital leader has award-winning food service

(June 3, 2008)- Joseph Pastore of Gorham, Nutritional Services Director at Spring Harbor Hospital, has won the prestigious Future Horizons Award from the National Society of Healthcare Foodservice Management (HFM). Pastore will receive the award during HFM's 20th Anniversary Leadership Conference and Awards Ceremony on September 17 in Hot Springs, VA. 

The Future Horizons Award recognizes those within the food service industry who serve as role models to others. Pastore is among only two individuals from the northeast to be honored this year.

Pastore, who studied at Johnson & Wales College, has held his current position at Spring Harbor since 1999 and was the Food Service Director for its predecessor organization, JBI, for 8 years. All told, he has 35 years' experience in the food service industry, about half of which has been spent in healthcare and the rest in the hotel industry.

"We have been blessed to have an individual of Joe's caliber at the helm of our Nutritional Services operation," says Spring Harbor Hospital COO Ric Hanley. "He models our organization's core values, and expects nothing less from his staff."

Among the leadership accolades for which Pastore is recognized are his accommodations for staff with disabilities, annual learning experiences for students with special needs, and his work to reduce staff turnover in an industry in which high turnover is the norm.

Pastore's other notable accomplishments include eliminating trans-fats from the hospital's menu and rotating menu items in a manner that satisfies staff, patients, and visitors. "I frequently hear from family and other visitors that our food is like no other 'hospital food' they've ever experienced," notes Hanley. 

Pastore was also instrumental in computerizing the dietary department's cash management system in 2004. He continually refines that system to ensure optimal flow of customers through the serving area.

Prior to his career in healthcare, Pastore worked for the Dunfey Sheraton Hotel chain in Maine, MA, RI, and San Mateo, CA.  On the west coast, he was fortunate enough to visit the restaurants in Orange County and Los Angeles to experience and implement the American Novell Cuisine concept in the Bay Area.  Pastore returned to the east coast for a 5-year stint at the corporate Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury, CT, and later was instrumental in helping design and open the first all-suites Dunfey Hotel at the Portland JetPort, where his position as Food and Beverage Director enabled him to implement a Northern California Cuisine concept in Maine.

Through locations across Greater Portland and agreements with providers statewide, Spring Harbor Hospital offers the region's most complete nonprofit mental health treatment, training, and research programs.  To learn more, call 207-761-2200 or visit

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