Centura Health

Centura Health
Canon City Colorado

St. Thomas More Hospital, a 25- acute care/critical access facilty, is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding southern Colorado communtites.  St. Thomas More offers 24-hour emergency and trauma services, inpatient acute care, intensive care unit, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation services, sleep disorder center and more.  St. Thomas More was rated five stars by Healthgrades® for Total Knee Replacement (2012-2017), Hip Fracture Treatment (2017), and Treatment of Sepsis (2017).  Our physicians specialize in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology services, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and pediatric health services.  Associates of St. Thomas More enjoy the camaraderie of a close-knit community hospital, the relaxed feel of small town life and an affordable cost of living in a town rich in culture and historic architecture.  Located 50 miles from Colorado Springs at the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains and the entrance to the Royal Gorge, locals and visitors alike enjoy this area for some of the state's best hiking, widllife and river sports like rafting and fishing.  Learn more about our hospital and life in Southern Colorado by visiting

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 121548

Recruiter Contact: Tiffany Hoover

Clinic/Department: 8534 STM DIETARY 


Schedule: PRN per request needed

Shift: Variable

Position Summary

Follows at menu to prepare and cook food for patients, visitors and staff members.  Responsible for following Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Safe Handling Guidelines regarding food safety and sanitation.  Will provide excellent customer services when working with patients, visitors and other staff members.   Provides oversight and training to staff.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED preferred

  • Culinary training preferred

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • Two years of previous restaurant or institutional cooking experience  

  • Experience in hospital food service setting, preferred 

  • Strong communication skills; ability to read, write and speak English

  • Basic computer skills


  • Food Service Safe Certification, preferred

Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an *)

  • Cooks all foods according to the standardized recipes.  *

  • Prepares food items according to patient specific restrictions and established schedules.  *

  • Maintain adequate supply of hot and cold items required for cafeteria, patient and unit stocking.  *

  • Prepares food for institutional functions, both standard and special.  *

  • Demonstrates ability to operate commercial food preparation equipment.  *

  • Ensures that all food prepared meet existing standards for quality, freshness, taste and appearance. Maintain quality product freshness as assured by proper label dating and rotation.  *

  • Alerts supervisor to problems and needs concerning equipment and food supplies.  *

  • Practices proper portion control on a consistent basis.  *

  • Stock work area and tray line.  *

  • Completes all duties of specific food production area.  *

  • Treats all customers and other staff members with respect and exhibits good customer service skills. *

  • Questions and complaints are responded to in a timely manner.  *

  • Problems, complaints, or questions that a Cook cannot respond to are brought to the Supervisor’s attention.  *

  • Communicates special needs to appropriate staff to insure patient needs are met.  *

  • Helps to maintain a positive, team orientated, professional, service conscious environment.  *

  • Serves as a resource for less experienced staff.   *

  • Follows uniform and dress code policy.  *

  • Follows proper food handling procedures by checking for appropriate food temperatures.  *

  • Sorts food waste via recycling, compost or garbage.  *

  • Sanitizes utensils and equipment.  *

  • Stocks, cleans and maintains a sanitary environment of assigned area.  *

  • Puts away the dry staples, disposables, frozen and refrigerated groceries in their appropriate storage areas.  *

  • Ensures the use of FIFO rotation system and properly labels and dates all items per policy.  *

  • Ensures that items are well organized and accessible.  *

  • Follows all department and hospital infection control and safety policies.  *

  • Orders conform to diet standards and physician orders.  *

  • Applies basic understanding of allergy knowledge when serving patients and guests.  *

  • Order for staff and guest trays completed within guidelines for ordering.   *

  • Maintains required department records and statistics for administrative purposes and budget preparation.  *

  • Participates in department and hospital educational programs, in-service meeting and safety trainings.  *

  • Identifies potential needs areas for continuous quality improvement and reports process improvement ideas to supervisor, manager and/or Quality Department.  Participates in quality improvement initiatives.  *

Physical Requirements

  • Light Work - exert/lift up to 20 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. frequently


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

Basic Qualifications