Woman finds happiness in cooking

PNT Staff

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Name: Pam Bernier

Job: Dietary Director at Roosevelt General Hospital

Time on the job: Five years in December

Background: Raised in the food industry in Las Vegas, Nev., Bernier has worked food jobs from cook to salad prep and everything in between.

Q. Describe what your job entails?
A. “I do menus and do the ordering. I make sure the buffet is overseen for locals, staff and patients. I also do dietary consultation, chart reviews (for patients). I meet with every patient. I pretty much oversee the kitchen and do the catering.”

Q. What is a typical day on the job like for you?
A. “Busy. My biggest concern is to make sure lunch is out on time and make sure orders are on time. Also paperwork, billing, chart review and talk with patients. I make sure patient trays get out right and help where needed.”

Q. Why did you choose this profession?
A. “I’ve been in the food business all my life. I had my own restaurant in Texico for 3 1/2 years. I didn’t want to cook all my life, I wanted to be in the managerial part of it. I enjoy working in food service.”

Q. What type of training do you need for your job?
A. “Currently I’m going through a Dietary Managers course. Mainly experience, working at a hospital for four years helped.”

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?
A. “Cooking. I enjoy the cooking and my employees. They’re fun to work with and a great group of people. They do what I ask. They’re just a good crew and I don’t have to look over their shoulders all the time.”