Seven Universal Health Services (UHS) Hospitals Become Validated Gluten Free Safe Spots for Patients, Staff and Visitors
AUBURN, Wash. (December 2, 2021)—The nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and foodservices, announced today that its Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) organization has designated seven hospitals owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) as Validated Gluten Free Safe Spots. UHS is one of the largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services in the nation with nearly 90,000 employees dedicated to improving people’s lives and transforming the delivery of healthcare. The GFFS program offers the independent verification of an organization’s food handling practices for safe gluten-free food production and service.
The seven UHS hospitals designated by GFFS as Validated Gluten Free Safe Spots include:
- Northwest Texas Healthcare System – Amarillo, Texas
- Centennial Hills Hospital – Las Vegas
- Summerlin Hospital Medical Center – Las Vegas
- Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center – Las Vegas
- Valley Hospital Medical Center – Las Vegas
- The George Washington University Hospital – Washington, D.C.
- Lakewood Ranch Medical Center – Bradenton, Florida
Approximately 3 million Americans are diagnosed with celiac disease, a condition that causes an immune response to the consumption of the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye products. For people with celiac disease and other forms of gluten-sensitivity, being able to seek treatment at a GFFS-validated medical facility allows patients to focus on their treatment without worrying that they will eat something that can cause additional health issues. Organizations validated through GFFS must develop written policies and procedures, implement a staff training program and undergo an audit to ensure they adhere to best practices for gluten-free food production and service.
“It’s exciting and an honor to award gluten-free validation to these seven hospitals,” said Lindsey Yeakle, GFFS program manager. “Obtaining GFFS validation shows the strong commitment Universal Health Services is making to ensure a healthy, safe and positive medical experience. We are proud to work with these respected providers of healthcare services as they support patients who are living gluten-free.”
About Universal Health Services, Inc.
One of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has 89,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 335 behavioral health facilities, 39 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and various related services located in 39 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. It acts as the advisor to Universal Health Realty Income Trust, a real estate investment trust (NYSE: UHT). In 2021, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #270 on the Fortune 500; and ranked #307 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Public Companies. For information, visit https://uhs.com/.
About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association funded by private donations, sponsorship opportunities and food safety programs. It relies on tax-deductible contributions to support its many innovative industry, service, social and awareness programs. GIG has been a highly respected leader in the gluten-free community since it was founded in 1974. In addition to more than 80 local support groups across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to 50 countries. GIG’s mission is to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free and does this through consumer support, education and its food safety programs. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, is a leader in the verification of quality, integrity and purity of gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) program is a proven model of established best practices for foodservice facilities offering gluten-free options. GIG is committed to ongoing food safety research to assure customers and consumers the highest level of excellence in its gluten-free programs and services. For information, visit www.gluten.org.
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