When Hamilton County Public Health launched its prestigious Clean Kitchen Award in 2011, award criteria were intentionally developed to be challenging. After all, the award is designed to represent the “gold standard” of food safety.
Six years later, of the approximately 3,000 food service facilities licensed by Hamilton County Public Health, only one has captured the award every year of its existence — Mt. Washington Care Center, 6900 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township
“The Hamilton County Public Health Clean Kitchen Award recognizes the best-of-thebest in maintaining safe food service operations,” according to Greg Kesterman, assistant health commissioner. “The award is not easy to receive. When you see one on display, it points to an operator that takes the responsibility very seriously.”
The requirements for receiving a Clean Kitchen Award are stringent. To be considered, facilities must:
- Have fewer than three violations in the previous two years prior to applying;
- Have no “critical” or repeat violations in the previous two years;
- Maintain at least two staff members with Level I Food Handler certification or at least one staff member with a current ServSafe certificate;
- Submit applications along with corresponding documentation;
- Have a minimum of two years of inspection data on file with Hamilton County Public Health.
“Food safety awareness is paramount at Mt. Washington Care Center and is part of the overall quality of healthcare that we provide to our residents,” says Ken Schroeder, director of admissions and marketing. “We utilize the health department’s food advocacy training program. This helps our food service staff provide safe food handling skills for our residents. More organizations should take advantage of this great program to advance their employee skillset for providing safe food to the public,” Schroeder adds.
“Six consecutive years is quite an accomplishment,” Kesterman says. “Congratulations to Mt. Washington Care Center for helping to set the standard for food safety in Hamilton County.”
Posted by: HCPH