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5 Management Companies to Watch: HHS/Culinary and Nutrition Solutions

You won’t find HHS / Culinary and Nutrition Solutions (CNS) on FM’s “Top 50” list, but if CNS division president Keith O’Neill has his way, it could well be there within a year or two.

O’Neill, a 1992 Healthcare Silver Plate winner whose central production specialty services company was later acquired by Morrison Management Specialists, came out of retirement earlier this year to begin the new initiative. Called Culinary and Nutrition Solutions, it was formed by HHS, an Austin, TX-based hospital services management company that was interested in expanding into foodservices. Up to now, HHS had focused almost on exclusively on housekeeping, transport and related services.

Independently owned, HHS was founded in 1975 and provides services to over 140 hospitals. Most of its accounts are in southern states, especially Texas and Florida, and it counts hospitals owned by both HCA and the Tenet system among its clients. Some of current HHS clients are potential customers for CNS foodservices, O’Neil says, as are small to medium sized acute care hospitals looking for integrated service model contracts. Another target will be “acute care facilities, either contract or self-op, where clients are looking for cost or quality opportunities.”

According to O’Neill, CNS signed its first client in January and has added three accounts since then (two for-profit hospitals and two not-for-profit), the largest of which is the 420-bed Southeast Alabama Medical Center. By next year he hopes to double that base, saying, “We’d like to think we will be north of 50 accounts within five years.”

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