Valley Health System Hospitals Achieve National Certification as Gluten-Free Food Service Facilities
Four Valley Health System hospitals have achieved certification as a Gluten-Free Food Service program, joining a handful of other hospitals in the United States to achieve this status. The Food and Nutrition teams of Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Summerlin and Valley hospitals met the rigorous standards and expectations for safety required to achieve this honor. The team is proud to serve delicious meals for any diet preference on a daily basis and this designation portrays their commitment to provide quality food for patients.
The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) audits and validates restaurants and food businesses that serve gluten-free food. The GFFS validation program is a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), a non-profit organization that has been serving the needs of the gluten-free community for over 45 years. GIG is on a mission to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free.
The hospitals will display the validated Gluten Free Safe Spot logo throughout the hospital to represent the independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of businesses serving gluten-free food. Validation as a Gluten Free Safe Spot establishes trust with gluten-free patrons in the ability of a facility to provide safe gluten-free food.
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Established in 2009, GFFS has held its food service establishments to the highest standards. Consumers recognize locations validated as Gluten Free Safe Spots serve gluten-free food that meets the nonprofit GFFS’s rigorous standards and expectations for safety. GFFS validates participating establishments, from restaurants to college dining, senior living, hospitals and more, by visiting locations in-person to ensure they follow best practices for gluten-free food safety and ensure high-quality staff training.
“I’m proud of our teams’ hard work to achieve gluten-free validation,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “The GFFS validation confirms our commitment to support our employees, physicians, patients and visitors who are living gluten-free.”