Sun Health Senior Living Partners with Morrison To Take Dining Services To ‘Wow’ Level

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Sun Health Senior Living's more than 800 residents benefitting from Morrison Community Living's expertise in preparing and serving local and responsibly-sourced gourmet food.

This partnership is helping us meet customer expectations by creating “wow” experiences that go beyond the food on the plate.

Sun Health Senior Living recently formed a partnership with Morrison Community Living – a company with a 95-year history in the hospitality business – to take dining experiences for its residents to a new level of excellence.

“Based on resident survey results, the overall dining experience was already a strength for Sun Health,” says Philippe Michelin, regional director of operations for Morrison. “This partnership makes it even stronger.”

Tom Smith IV agrees. He was impressed enough that he switched from his role as director of dining services and executive chef at La Loma Village, one of Sun Health Senior Living's three communities, to become a system executive chef for Morrison. He’s responsible for ensuring the culinary teams at each community have needed resources and that they are adhering to Morrison best practices and procedures.

“Sun Health is growing and we need better systems to control food quality and costs, and to standardize practices so that quality and efficiency are consistently high across the board,” Smith said.

Morrison brings world-tested systems that streamline purchasing, ordering, inventory management, sanitary practices and other operations. They bring 15,000 recipes that include nutritional information and calorie counts, and they also bring extensive training and professional growth opportunities for staff.

Across the senior living landscape, residents increasingly expect a lot from dining programs, including more exciting and varied menus and a social component to meals.

“This partnership is helping us meet customer expectations by creating 'wow' experiences that go beyond the food on the plate,” said Sharon Grambow, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living.

About Sun Health
A long-standing champion of healthy living and superior health care, Sun Health is a community-based nonprofit organization providing pathways to population health through philanthropy, senior living programs and communities, and community wellness programs and services. Sun Health Senior Living includes three independent-living Life Care communities: Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, La Loma Village in Litchfield Park and The Colonnade in Sun City Grand/Surprise, and Sun Health at Home, the first “continuing care at home” program in the Southwest. Learn more at and

About Morrison Community Living
Morrison Community Living, a member of Compass Group North America, is the nation’s leading company exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and wellness, environmental services and hospitality services to the senior living industry. Morrison has over 350 registered dietitians, 250 executive chefs, 400 hospitality associates comprised in their 5,000 professional food service team members. Actively committed to fostering ways to enjoy great-tasting, healthy food through socially responsible practices and superior customer service, the Atlanta-based company serves more than 350 senior living clients in 42 states, including some of the largest and most prominent senior living communities in the United States. Visit for more information.

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