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Byron Health Center Welcomes Chef Brad Hoffman

Byron Health Center welcomes Chef Brad Hoffman, CDM CFPP, to its Leadership staff. Hoffman serves the residents and staff at Byron Health Center as the Director of Food Services. For over 30 years, Hoffman has been thriving in the restaurant and health care foodservice industries. His work has included specializing on new business. During 17 years of restaurant industry experience, Hoffman was instrumental in the opening of two new restaurants. After transitioning to the health care food service industry, his experience was vital during the opening of a new nursing home as well as a new hospital.

Hoffman has been influential in moving from a cafeteria-style dining service to a restaurant-style dining service at long term care facilities, starting restaurant service as part of a cultural change in at least two nursing homes. He will strive to do the same at Byron Health Center. “Meals and great food are such an integral part of our residents’ daily happiness,” stated Hoffman. “I am very excited to help implement a new system of service and level of quality here at Byron Health Center.”

Hoffman’s culinary skill has already won over both residents and staff with the offering of daily homemade soups. Classic soup selections such as Chili, Roasted Vegetable, French Onion, Cream of Broccoli, Chicken Gumbo, Chunky Tomato & Herb, Broccoli & Cheese and Cream of Potato have delighted appetites while enticing new creations like Potato & Rival, Wisconsin Cheese, Pizza, Potato & Corn, Black Bean, Cheesy Cauliflower, Thai Peanut, Mushroom & Barley and Stuffed Pepper have kept taste buds from getting bored.

Hoffman is a graduate of Heritage High School and studied Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne. He earned the honored distinction of being selected as head Chef for Ivy Tech’s graduating class fundraiser: “Putting on the Ritz”. Hoffman has also earned distinctions as a Certified Dietary Manager and a Certified Food Protection Professional. He is also a member of the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals

Hoffman, and his wife Becky, reside in Monroeville and have three children along with two grandchildren. In his spare time, Hoffman enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening. He takes special pride in preserving and cooking his harvests.

Byron Health Center provides compassionate long-term care for adults with complex needs including physical, mental, emotional and neurological services. Each resident is recognized as an individual who seeks and deserves to reach his or her optimal potential. Byron Health Center and Miller’s Place continue a tradition of over 160 years of serving the long-term health care needs of Indiana residents. Byron Health Center is licensed to provide intermediate and skilled nursing care while Miller’s Place provides assisted living services to individuals who are more independent and are able to live in a residential setting.