The Dining Distinction award honors a member that has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of individuals while providing an optimal dining experience, including the nutritional value of food, presentation, the environment in which food is served and interactions with clients. Congratulations, Suzanne Quiring, CDM, CFPP, RD!
In 2000, Suzanne invented the SuzyQ cart System, which is a movement on an improved way on “how” we typically do meal delivery in our long-term care dining rooms, which allows for more resident interaction and choice, hotter food and less food waste resulting in significant dollar savings. To date, she has helped more than 800+ communities throughout North America improve the dining experience for residents. Suzanne is passionate about ensuring the dining experience for residents and clients is as excellent and non-institutional as possible. Having worked in a variety of healthcare settings, her fundamental principle is her guiding one – to allow all residents the human right to self-determine in all their meal choices, every meal, every day. Suzanne is helping to move the needle to a role that includes more advocacy of good nutrition. Improving the overall dining experience that honors relationships, choice, interaction, and a resident-centered approach is what promotes good nutrition.