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Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

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Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

One of four hospitals in the Los Angeles County Health Services system, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is an acute-care, suburban hospital serving the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. The 377-bed, not-for-profit hospital located in Sylmar, California, provides a full range of medical-surgical inpatient and outpatient services.

All physician faculty members at Olive View have UCLA academic appointments, and the hospital trains residents in 22 medical specialties. Founded in the 1920s as a tuberculosis sanatorium, the current hospital building opened in 1987.

Patients and family members consider everything from physician availability and nursing care to clean floors and good food when rating their overall satisfaction with a hospital experience. Olive ViewUCLA utilizes Morrison’s Hospitality Plus food services program which allows patients . . .


At the end of October 2013, Press Ganey survey results placed food services’ satisfaction in the 69th percentile. The October 2014 ranking was in the 93rd percentile—a 24 point increase in percentile ranking!

How success was achieved

The challenges the five-member Morrison management team faced were not unique – engaging the food services’ 82 union-based staff members and the garnering support of hospital staff, particularly nursing, as changes were implemented. The improvement they achieved was exceptional.

Management committed to increasing communication; building relationships; being visible and readily available; and recognizing great service both verbally and with a $100 gift card when a staff member was mentioned in a Press Ganey survey. Specific implementations included:

  • Tasting of the sampling of the new menu by food services’ staff
  • Education to improve understanding of menu
  • Best practices around order taking
  • Customer service refresher course
  • Open house tasting for nursing staff
  • Assessment of staff assignments and appropriate reassignments
  • Staff members passing trays versus using a hospitality cart
  • New menu: eliminated less desirable items and streamlined production
  • Daily patient visitations to increase visibility and take action on real-time feedback
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