Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) hostsa hospital kitchen that defies the standard with delicious and healthful meals,thanks to Executive Chef Jacqueline Marsh, recently awarded Terrebonne’s YoungAchiever’s Award. The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce recognized the NewIberia native for her outstanding career achievements, community service andvision for the parish.
Chef Jackieoversees the preparation of over 264,000 patient meals in addition to 675,000meals served in the hospital’s cafeteria and during TGMC’s catered meetings andcommunity events. People even make TGMC campus their choice for lunch, just totaste the delicious meals she offers, and guests rave of the decadentdelicacies she prepares for TGMC community events. With a culinary anddietetics degree, Chef Jackie knows the impact of fresh ingredients and thehealing powers of comfort food. She refuses to serve frozen foods andencourages her kitchen staff to think outside the box and work from scratch. Thanksto her meals, the hospital kitchen is another innovation that sets TGMC apart.
“TGMC ishonored to have Chef Jackie as part of our family and have recognized hercommitment to health, outstanding work ethic and community involvement withthe Star Award,” Phyllis Peoples, Presidentand CEO of TGMC, said. “Her Cajun culinary skills turn nourishing meals into anindulgence for the palate, just one of many unique ways TGMC provides compassionatequality care.”
TheHouma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Terrebonne ParishConsolidate Government and Leadership Terrebonne, recognized young “movers andshakers” under the age of 40 in the Houma-Terrebonne community for theircontributions to the community, as both professionals and residents. Inaddition to Chef Jackie’s positive impact on the community through her job, sheserves on the board of The Haven, a battered women’s home, where she raisesmoney, helps organize various galas and cooks meals for the families of thehome.
Her reach to the community goes beyond themeals she prepares. She never misses an opportunity to educate her staff andcommunity, especially through cooking demonstrations and tastings of healthyrenditions of Cajun foods at locations such as the Terrebonne Wellness Market.She appears on TGMC’s “To Your Health” segmenton HTV to discuss healthy eating. Chef Jackie is heavily involved in TGMC’sCommunity Wellness Program and Community Sports Institute, teaching the youthof the community the importance of nutritious eating for an athlete. Hercompassion for people is apparent as she is the Chef for “Fighting with Your Fork,” acooking and nutrition program for cancer patients sponsored by Mary BirdPerkins Cancer Center at TGMC and Cannata’s Supermarket.
Chef Jackie tailors her food and nutritioneducation to fight the obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other relatedailments common in Louisiana communities. Her message is clear- good food canbe healthy food. She aims to help Terrebonne Parish incorporate more “eatlocal” restaurants and grocery stores and emphasize the importance of localfood economies.
Chef Jackie’s expertise has been utilized bythe state to create a cookbook for the Women, Infant and Children welfareprogram. Previously a travel dietician, an in-house dietician at West JeffersonHospital and nutrition teacher at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, ChefJackie, a Certified Executive Chef, brings her wealth of experience andknowledge to TGMC, providing a benefit to the whole Terrebonne community. Throughher passion, dedication and cooking, Chef Jackie encompasses the TGMC missionto provide exceptional healthcare with compassion.
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