Washington Hospitals, Cura Partner to Help People with Addiction

Washington Health System

The prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic is a public health crisis in Pennsylvania.  As a partner to the Washington Heatlh System in Western, PA,  we are in this together to help people afflicted with substance abuse addiction.

Beginning in late November 2018, Washington Hospital in Washington, PA, and Cura were approached by the Greenbriar Treatment Center in Washington, PA, to prepare nutritious meals for their clients.

According to Dave Tofanelli, Cura general manager for both Washington Hospital and Washington Hospital Greene, “We prepare 100 meals for lunch and 100 meals for dinner seven days per week.  The meals are picked up by their staff and taken to their facility offsite.”

Unfortunately, the epidemic is affecting Pennsylvanians across the state, from big cities to rural communities.  At Washington Hospital Greene in Waynesburg, PA, available beds were a blessing to another nearby Greenbriar Treatment Center, which gave their 28 clients a temporary home to heal.  As their dining partner, Cura is also providing meal service onsite for lunch and dinner, as well as a hot breakfast every other Sunday.

Washington Hospital operators are happy about the partnership.  It gives Greenbriar the opportunity to provide the therapy their clients require, while together the Washington Hospitals and Cura are able to serve those in need.

“As the need for Greenbriar’s services grow, they know that Cura and Washington Health System are trusted resources that will be there to support their mission in defeating substance abuse.  It’s a win/win for all,” says Tofanelli.

Phoebe Gets Into the Holiday Spirit

Phoebe Gets Into the Holiday Spirit

Cookies, cookies, and yes more cookies!  Phoebe got into the holiday spirit by celebrating with a holiday cookie contest offered to Phoebe Terrace residents and staff.

According to interim director of dining, Mike Vargo, “the contest gives our residents and staff the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills, and share their treasured family recipes with their friends at Phoebe.”

First, second and third place winners were selected based on creativity, presentation and most of all… taste!

Phoebe resident Jean Iobst, grand prize winner, created the peanut butter temptations!  Jean has enjoyed participating in many Cura and Phoebe inspired events including last year’s Phoebe’s pie contest where she earned second place for her peachy cream cheese pie!

Cura staff also created their tasty treats (not included in the competition!) but for all to enjoy!   Dennis Rivera, Cura sous chef, impressed us all with his pistachio chocolate biscotti, gingerbread iced cookies and macaroons!

Welcome Ryan McNulty, Corporate Executive Chef

Welcome Ryan McNulty, Corporate Executive Chef

Cura recently announced the exciting addition of Ryan McNulty as Cura’s Corporate Executive Chef, a newly created position that will strengthen Cura’s commitment to enhancing life around great food.

A certified executive chef, Ryan will lead Cura’s corporate culinary initiatives, including the research, development and implementation of trend-setting senior dining, nutritious patient programming, and healthy and well-focused food concepts.

Ryan will also focus on elevating Cura’s gold standards and operating procedures to ensure high quality, consistency and service levels throughout the organization.

With more than 20 years of executive level culinary expertise, Ryan has served both the commercial and non-commercial food service industries.  His combined skill set in operating everything from fine dining, retail and multi onsite locations, will provide the inspiration to create memorable dining experiences that cater to older adults, their families and guests.

Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Johnson & Wales University where he holds a bachelor of science degree in culinary arts and management. A former culinary instructor at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA, Ryan is also a member of FoodService Director Magazine’s advisory council, a culinary board member of Luzerne County Community College and has made several chef demonstration appearances on cable television networks.

When he’s not in the “kitchen”, Ryan enjoys participating in community activities, hiking, camping, kayaking, traveling and…cooking, of course.  Ryan resides in Bethlehem, PA, with his family and dog Winston!

Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center Dedication

Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center Dedication

As their foodservice partner, Cura was proud to celebrate the dedication of Menno Haven’s new state-of-the-art rehabilitation center which is in phase one of five in their Project Genesis

Unlike any in the region, this short-stay rehabilitation center in Mechanicsburg, PA, aids in the recovery of individuals that experience illness after surgery or other trauma.  Patients will be able to transition to their care in a setting designed to suit their therapeutic needs and usher them back to their homes, with restored health and mobility.

As part of celebration, we also dedicated Cura’s new 21st-century culinary center which is located within the rehabilitation center and is the new central kitchen for all of Menno Haven.  The culinary center is 4,800 square feet and will allow us to increase dining options and food quality by offering more fresh produce/ingredients and implementing large-volume scale sous vide technology.

Bakery production will also be centralized in this new center and all retail items will be prepared and packaged here for all five of the community’s cafés and bistro.  Food will be transported daily within the Menno Haven community via a refrigerated truck so each finishing kitchen can complete the food preparation and plating as close as possible to the service to our guests.

An open kitchen concept within the rehabilitation center also allows guest to interact with culinary team members and experience the menu items as they are prepared. The menu will change on a weekly basis and will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables from local Chambersburg farms which will maximize their nutritional values. Guests will have a choice of dining in the café or room service.

According to Jeremy Fry, general manager of senior services for Cura at Menno Haven, “The focus on the dining space in the new building is around fresh, healthy, and made to order menu items.”

The rehabilitation center was also bestowed the “Environments for Aging Design Showcase Award” from the Environments for Aging, a national trade publication in the senior living industry.

New Partnerships: Lutheran SeniorLife

New Partnerships: Lutheran SeniorLife

We are excited to announce that our Cura brand continues to grow through a new partnership with Lutheran SeniorLife(“LSL”).  LSL provides the opportunity to older adults to live an Abundant Life® at their communities through retirement living options promoting health and wellness throughout western Pennsylvania.

After a competitive review, LSL chose to engage our team to work alongside them to further enhance their Abundant Life values, respecting each individual and seeking to enhance her or his life experience through life-lifting nourishment and highly personalized services.

As LSL shared with us, other key factors in their decision to choose us as their partner include our:

  • Willingness to operate with complete financial transparency;
  • Significant local presence and resource base;
  • Strong client references from peers whom they know and respect;
  • Focus on fresh, locally sourced and wholesomely prepared foods
  • Commitment to build LSL’s brand and innovate their dining services for all their stakeholders;
  • Expertise with Micro-Markets and Meals on Wheels programs through our access to the Elior North America family of companies.

Good luck to the Cura team that began providing dining services on November 1stat seven LSL client locations on three expansive campuses including Passavant Campus, Zelienople, PA; St. John Campus, Mars, PA; and The Commons at Stonebrook, McCandless Township, PA.

Kids, Seniors Bake in Iron Chef’s Challenge

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Residents and their grandchildren took it to another culinary level during Laurel View Village’s (LVV) first Iron Chef’s competition held during the community’s annual Grandkids Camp!  Offered to grandchildren of residents and staff, the weeklong camp at the Davidsville, PA, community, offers fun activities and a variety of events including a bird and reptile show, movie night and a cupcake decorating class.

According to Kelsey Vann, Cura catering manager at LVV, the Chef’s Challenge was a huge success providing fun, as well as a little education, around food!   Styled after the Food Network’s popular “Iron Chef” show, two teams of five children (with two assisting adults) were challenged to prepare the best macaroni and cheese and dessert – cupcakes, of course!

Teams were given a head start with provisions including the macaroni and cheese sauce, freshly baked cupcakes and whipped cream.  The ultimate decision was to select only three ingredients that would help them to create an entrée and dessert deserving of top culinary honors!

Children selected from broccoli, bacon, onions, carrots, peas, ham, chicken, hot dogs, and chives.  While dessert options included chocolate chips, white chips, coconut flakes, sprinkles, Oreo cookies, buttercream and chocolate buttercream icing, and chocolate syrup.

Teams were led by Josh Truitt, Cura executive chef and Megan Heiser, baker (LVV staff) who competed against Kevin Shedlock, Cura director of dining and Josh Swalligan, Cura sous chef.  Teams were only given 15 minutes to prepare their entrée and dessert!  Once created, teams prepared a show plate for a panel of four LVV resident judges who awarded based on presentation and taste!

“It was a difficult decision, but we felt that Team Josh, along with their junior chefs, executed their dishes the best,” says Ms. Vann.  To the amusement of the children, Chef Kevin received a pie full of whipped cream!

The Chef’s Challenge demonstrates Cura’s LivingLife philosophy, a commitment to nourishing the body and spirits of our seniors.  “We believe our responsibility to our residents and guests goes beyond serving fresh, healthy and delicious food.    Through LivingLife, we offer activities and food entertainment events that increase socialization, wellness and memory support among older adults.  Most importantly, these activities enhance life around great food,” says, Shedlock.

Holy Redeemer Partners with Cura

Holy Redeemer Partners with Cura

Holy Redeemer Health System, which offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, personal care and retirement communities in Philadelphia, PA, was proud to announce their partnership with Cura, a food service provider specializing in senior living and healthcare dining!

“In selecting a new dining services provider, our goal was to partner with an organization whose culture mirrors ours.  Cura’s LivingLife wellness component complements our holistic approach to healing by meeting the emotional, spiritual and social services needs of those we serve.  We believe, as a key partner, Cura has the exceptional culinary and clinical nutrition skills along with the commitment and approach to people that will help us deliver high quality customer service and great food to our residents, staff and guests,” says Don Fox, senior vice president, real estate management, corporate business development for Holy Redeemer.

 Cura’s culinary team provides personal-centered care to the Holy Redeemer Hospital at the Meadowbrook campus, and to St. Joseph’s Manor Care.  At its LifePlan continuing care retirement community located on the Lafayette Campus, Cura involves residents, families and staff in developing exceptional menu options to 168 personal and assisted living residents, as well as 250 independent living residents.  In addition to dining, Cura manages a country store which provides an additional dining option for fresh grab-and-go food, sundries and other essentials for residents, guests and employees.

Cura’s industry knowledge, combined with their years of experience in guiding clients during café renovations, will provide Holy Redeemer with ideas for stylish and trend-forward dining and bistro options.  Future renovation plans include an open dining concept featuring a gastro pub, wood-fired pizza operation and a specialty drink station.

“We’re excited to bring our expertise to Holy Redeemer and will strive to continually enhance dining, while promoting an experience that exceeds true person-centered care at all levels of service,” says Mitch Possinger, and founder of Cura Hospitality.

Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com


Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.



Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations

Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

Cura Welcomes SpiriTrust Lutheran; Fulton County Medical Center

SpiriTrust Lutheran

The Cura team was excited to announce its partnership with SpiriTrust Lutheran, a York, PA-based social ministry organization.  The agency provides an array of programs and services to more than 25,000 people in 20 Pennsylvania counties and three bordering counties in northern Maryland.

Cura officially began serving SpiriTrust Lutheran in December of 2017.  The culinary team focuses on creating exceptional resident-centered dining options beyond “three great meals per day” for the more than 1,300 residents who call one of six SpiriTrust Lutheran senior living communities home.

In addition, Cura provides lunch five days a week to approximately 40 SpiriTrust Lutheran LIFE program participants. Plus, team members can also enjoy meals and snacks at the various cafés and bistros located throughout its senior living communities located in Gettysburg, York, Chambersburg, Shrewsburg and Hanover.

According to Michael Markey, Cura vice president of business development, “SpiriTrust Lutheran was impressed by the comprehensive personalized dining program we offer for all levels of care, including our signature Handcrafted Delights.”

 Handcrafted Delights, an idea inspired by Cura, revolutionizes traditional nutrient-supplementing snacks with visually appealing and tasty treats that use pantry staples and produce already available in the kitchen!

“Cura’s contributions to therapeutic innovations and outstanding outcomes through Handcrafted Delights, as well as Whole Body Menus, Puree Creations, Enriched Foods and Connections Memory Care Dining, appeal to families researching optimal dining care,” said Angela Dohrman, senior vice president and chief operating officer,  SpiriTrust Lutheran.   “These were key factors in the selection of our new dining services partner.”

Cura was also proud to begin dining services at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, PA, a non-profit corporation which owns and operates a 21-bed critical access hospital and 67-bed skilled nursing care facility.

According to Kimmi Campagna, Cura director of business development, we are excited to serve their acute care center’s cafeteria, and help guide them on their culture change journey, a national movement for a conversion of the institutionalized system of care to person-directed values and practices.

“Fulton County is beginning to experience Cura’s Completely Satisfied patient-centered meal program which continues to achieve high patient satisfaction ratings through attention to the individual patient’s health, dietary and nutritional needs with healthy and fresh cooking,” said Ms. Campagna.

Cura is also honored to be a part of Fulton County’s new Center for Advance Medicine which includes a pharmacy, cardiology, respiratory, radiology and other specialty services.

A new bistro is also being constructed to appeal to staff, patients and visitors.  Under the direction of Jon Norris, Cura hospital district manager, “Our goal is to create the look, menu and feel of a contemporary bistro that offers fresh, made-to-order food, while providing a quick and nutritious meal to go,” says Norris.


Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com


Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

New Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant Unveiled at Lutheran Community

New Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant Unveiled at Lutheran Community

Let’s Go Eagles” was chanted by residents at the Lutheran Community at Telford (LCT) in Telford, PA, during a recent tailgate party where they enjoyed the football game in the newly renovated Founder’s Fare restaurant!

Founder’s Fare boasts a new brick oven pizza operation as the restaurant’s centerpiece where chefs hand craft fresh-dough personal pizzas designed with toppings that include herbs (when in season) grown in the community’s onsite gardens.

The celebration jump-started week-long promotions featuring breakfast, grab-n-go lunch and dinner prepared by Cura’s culinary team.

Staff and residents can also select from a variety of grab-and-go deli items, freshly made pre-packaged salads, fruits and yogurt.

A menu of made-to-order hot sandwiches and entrees are also available at the grill station making it easy to pre-order and pick-up (or order) at the convenient walk-up window for lunch!

Founder’s Fare is also a food and beverage destination for a refreshing breakfast in the morning where residents can sit and enjoy everything from bagel sandwiches to traditional eggs and pancakes!  A full menu of options and entrees for dinner are also prepared fresh and served by wait staff in the evening.

According to LCT President and CEO Daniel McKee, “Founder’s Fare is a unique dining venue where the space transforms to suit the time of day, while trands from the restaurant and hospitality industries are featured and adapated by Cura for both staff and residents to enjoy!”


Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.   Curahospitality.com

Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com

New Grille Opens at Longwood at Oakmont

New Grille Opens at Longwood at Oakmont

The MarketPlace Grille at Presbyterian SeniorCare’s Longwood at Oakmont Community in Verona, PA, received a new look for the new year!

The updated MarketPlace Grille was a complete tear down, transitioning to a scatter-station food court like system.  The Marketplace Grille now offers several food choices including pizza, grilled items, soup, deli as well as a barista.

“When we met with architects, we focused on creating a more contemporary design that would eliminate long waits in line and incoporate lots of natural light,” said Dea Tomsic, district manager.

“The new look is inviting and more spacious to accommodate more scooters and walkers.  Plus, the new venue is open for all meal parts to independent, assisted and skilled residents, as well as Longwood at Oakmont staff.”

The barista features breakfast including coffee, espresso, cappuccino, chai, lattes, smoothies and milkshakes.  Guests and residents can a enjoy breakfast sandwiches, bagels, English muffins, pastries, fruit, yogurt and parfaits.

For lunch, residents have their choice from three different kinds of pizzas, turkey burgers, fresh deli and made-to-order sandwiches and wraps.  At dinner, you can find many fresh selections including beef medallions, grilled salmon, as well as comfort food selections such as meatloaf.

A new turbo chef, flat top and grill were added so that everything from salmon to a fresh brioche can be prepared at time of service,” said Ms. Tomsic.

Residents are also treated to a live action station where Cura Executive Chef Christian Olson cooks food prepared-to-order and in front of residents. “We want our menus to be fresh and full of variety– but more importantly, it’s about choice,” added Ms. Tomsic.

The team includes:  Mary Kay Grippa, general manager; Christian Olson, executive chef; Andrea White, assistant director; Michelle Cypher, dining room manager; Greg Perkins; healthcare manager; and Robyn Dillner, dietitian.


Cura is a highly responsive and innovative dining services and hospitality provider dedicated to a mission of Enhancing Life Around Great Food. As part of Elior North America, the Cura team enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service.  

Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, Manager of Public Relations
Mobile: 610-349-0844; ghoyer@curahospitality.com