Utilizing Unique Talent Programs to Attract Employees

It’s no surprise that staffing and labor issues continue to challenge our industry. High turnover rates and the ability to find and hire qualified candidates can be a daunting and frustrating task these days. But, many facilities are finding creative ways to find new talent and train existing employees to help fill their teams.  

During this webinar, three member operators will share both in-house and community programs they’ve turned to when hiring and retaining staff. Bryan Cicchini with Beaumont Health will share how he’s worked with Project Search to train and employ young people with significant disabilities and the many successes they’ve encountered along the way. Kevin Vos will discuss a literacy program Spectrum health has partnered with in western Michigan to encourage currently employed non-native English speakers at their facility to improve their language skills to not only be more inclusive, but to draw from a growing pool of refugees in their area. And finally, Joe Ninneman at Advocate Aurora Health will share insights about his Culinary Apprenticeship Program, where participants take part in a three-year training program, after which they are invited to take full-time positions with the hospitals.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Learn about programs you can develop in your facility to train and develop current employees to improve retention and identify talent.
  2. Learn about how partnering with outside community programs and resources can help connect your facility to hidden talent pools.
  3. Gain an understanding of how to find and partner with community resources to help tackle labor and staffing challenges. 
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  • Duration:  1 hour 
  • Accreditation: 1.0 CEU - AND (through 12/15/2023) & ANFP (through 12/31/2024)
  • Type: Monthly Webinar
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Course Activities


Bryan J. Cicchini
Corewell Health East (Beaumont)
Bryan J. Cicchini is the Senior Executive Chef for Corewell Health East (Beaumont), with over 30 years of culinary and foodservice operations management experience. The last 20 plus years, he has focused on Healthcare Foodservice Management for multiple site facilities providing culinary direction, developing training programs and GPO management. He is a graduate from Johnson & Wales University- Charleston, South Carolina with Culinary Degree and Food & Beverage Degree. 
Joseph Ninneman
Advocate Aurora Health
Joe Ninnemann brings dynamic leadership in order to maximize Food Service operations in an effort to provide the highest quality food service to all patients and customers in the community. With nearly 24 years of Food Service industry experience, spanning both restaurant/hospitality and health care food service, Joe brings a comprehensive approach to all levels of Food and Nutrition operations. Joe uses his experience from all levels of a food service operation, to connect with employees and further drive engagement. Joe’s education with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics, also provides him the opportunity to objectively evaluate operations to drive financial results at a site and enterprise level. Joe is currently the Regional Director of System Food & Nutrition Services for Advocate Aurora Health, supporting North & Central WI; and also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Culinary Apprenticeship Program.

Joe is currently the AHF WI Chapter President and has served on the AHF WI Chapter Board of Directors for the past 3 years, as well as the National AHF Education Committee in 2021 and 2022. Joe recently was awarded the 2022 National AHF Spotlight Award at National conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
Kevin Vos
Corewell Health System
Kevin Vos is the Vice President of EVS, NS & Hospitality for the Corewell Health System.  He is responsible for the strategic planning as well as the oversight of high quality patient and guest services functions across our nationally awarded integrated health system. Whether Kevin is concentrating on disrupting the typical “institutional” food chain or coming up with unique solutions to develop and grow the workforce of the future, Kevin’s goal is to improve health by putting people first thousands of times daily.  

Most recently, Kevin was awarded the spotlight award from the Association of Healthcare Foodservice. The AHF Spotlight Award is presented to members who have enhanced operations through technology, program development, implementation, innovation and/or creative use of managing finances. Kevin is very proud of the entire Nutrition Services team at Spectrum for this recognition.