Community Hospital Partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®; Commits to Serving Only Ocean-Friendly Seafood
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MONTEREY, CA — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula today announces a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways.
“Community Hospital is proud to be the first hospital nationwide participating in Seafood Watch, particularly since we share the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s home on the Monterey Peninsula,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “Seafood is among our menu choices nearly every day for the more than 1,800 meals prepared for patients, staff, and visitors. Our partnership with Seafood Watch reflects our commitment to their health and the health of the world’s oceans.”
Chris Vicioso, chef at Community Hospital of the
Monterey Peninsula, and his kitchen colleagues
advocated for becoming a partner in Seafood Watch.
Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans. Using science-based, peer-reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment, and provides recommendations for “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones to “Avoid.”
As a Seafood Watch business partner, Community Hospital pledges to serve only seafood rated a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” and to educate its customers, suppliers, and employees about sustainability issues.
Adrian Chavarin of Community
Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
has been working with suppliers to
source purchases to meet the
Seafood Watch standards.
“Seafood Watch is proud to welcome Community Hospital as its newest partner,” says Seafood Watch Director Jennifer Dianto-Kemmerly. “Working together is critical to help create healthy and abundant oceans that will continue to supply us with food, help regulate our climate, and provide a livelihood for millions of people."
Becoming part of Seafood Watch is the latest in a long history of sustainability practices adopted by Community Hospital, including water conservation, energy cogeneration, use of recycled materials, food-waste composting, installation of electric car charging stations, and an employee shuttle program.
By partnering with Seafood Watch, Community Hospital reflects its awareness about growing public concern with how our seafood choices affect the world’s fish populations and the impact of seafood production on ocean health.
Chris Vicioso, chef at Community Hospital of the
Monterey Peninsula, slices wild salmon.
More than 50 percent of United States consumers say that buying sustainable seafood is personally important, according to Truven Health Analytics. Through the partnership, Community Hospital patrons can be confident menu selections come from ocean-friendly sources.
Seafood Watch science is referenced by more than 1,000 businesses at 150,000 locations worldwide to help inform their purchasing decisions. Community Hospital joins hundreds of partners entering into an official partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and actively working with its Business Outreach program to help shift the market toward environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations.
Joe Abluton, a supervisor in Community Hospital’s Nutrition Services, advocated for joining Seafood Watch and worked closely with his kitchen colleagues, buyer/storekeeper Adrian Chavarin and Chris Vicioso, hospital chef, to analyze current menus, work with seafood suppliers, and change offerings and recipes as needed. Fish in some form is on the menu for patients and staff nearly every day, whether it’s fish tacos or almond-crusted tilapia.
The most significant shift was finding another source for salmon, one of the most popular items on patient trays and in the cafeteria. Other tweaks were made and new recipes are being tested as some different kinds of fish are finding their way onto menus for the more than 1,800 meals served daily to patients, visitors, and staff.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at chomp.org