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Diet Assistant

Req #:  188881
Facility:  Sherman Hospital
Department:  Dietary/Food Service
City:  Elgin
Posting Budget Status:  Day/PM
Shift Type:  Part Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  0.3

Sherman Hospital, a Magnet recognized hospital located in Elgin, Ill., is a 255-bed facility that features private patient rooms, a 15-acre geothermal lake, an advanced Emergency Department,  a free-standing Cancer Care Center, a spacious Family Birthing Center, a Heart & Vascular Center and more. Sherman also provides convenient, quality healthcare services at Sherman outpatient centers in Algonquin, Elgin, and South Elgin.

Advocate Sherman Hospital

Elgin, IL

Diet Assistant

Part Time (12 hours per week) Wednesdays 3pm-7pm and every other weekend 10:00am-7:00pm required

Responsible for taking patient menu selections and working with the hospital and food and nutrition services computer programs to ensure proper meal selections for patients. To provide a high quality dining experience to patients which meets their nutritional requirements and service expectations. The Diet Assistant is responsible for securing patient meal selections, special requests and needs via telephone or face to face interaction.

Coordinates all diet office activities as related to the patient trayline and production in an accurate and timely manner.
Adhereres to department safety, sanitation, service/communication standards


Position Requirements:

  • In high school, high school graduate or GED
  • 6 months in customer service field/ office Good Computer skills and able to navigate on various computer programs
  • Very good communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervison
  • Detail and results orientated
  • Ability to work well under stressful situations
  • Ability to follow thru on tasks
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Mathematical competence
  • Ability to communicate effectively written and verbal
  • Ability to speak, read and write English clearly and proficiently
  • Have a neat and professional appearance
  • Ability to work under stressful/difficult conditions.
  • Ability to meet time constraints in a fast pace environment.
  • Ability to work for significant periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate with various internal/external customers.
  • Ability to document.
  • Ability to read patient menus, names and logs.
  • Ability to spend majority of time standing and sitting.
  • Position requires constant hearing and seeing.
  • Position requires frequent bending, keying, reaching, speaking, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, kneeling and smelling.
  • Position requires occasional climbing and tasting.
  • Limited exposure to hazardous conditions.
  • Safety and sanitation when entering patients' rooms or kitchen.
  • Ability to handle various tasks simultaneously especially during peak hours.
  • Ability to move 50 pounds.
  • If position has direct patient care or direct patient contact the following lifting requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 06/01/2015. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case~by~case basis.

About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.