The American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators and the National Society for Healthcare Foodservice Management announced today that their organizations will merge, and an interim board of directors with equal representation from both groups will run the new organizationcalled the Association for Healthcare Foodservicethrough its first year.
All financial assets from both organizations are transferring to the new entity, AHF, said a spokesman in an e-mail. The boards of both organizations voted April 6 to approve the merger and a joint membership forum will be held April 28 to answer questions about the consolidation plans. Existing members of either group who meet the new organizations membership criteria will be automatically enrolled as members of the AHF on Aug. 1.
Operator membership in AHF will be restricted to members of self-operated healthcare foodservice facilities, and will also include students, educators, administrators, business partners, chefs and consultants, a news release said. The American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators used to be a membership group of the American Hospital Association until it incorporated in 2003 and became an independent organization.