Patient Dining Associate (Part-Time) - Main Kitchen

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Location:  US:PA:Hershey

Work Type: Part-Time

FTE:  0.5

Shift: Days
Hours: 12 Hour Shifts





Are you looking for an opportunity to be a part of a dedicated, hardworking group of essential employees? The Patient Dining Associate position is an exciting opportunity to join a fast paced work environment while making a positive impact on employees, patients, and customers.

The Patient Dining Associate is responsible for electronically receiving, reviewing and processing patient diet orders, menus and diet requests for patients on assigned units. Correct menus to match diet orders and process diet requests with patients. Assist patients with meal selections at bed-side reviewing/correcting choices and passing diet information along to patients per prescribed diet. Responsible for the delivery and pick-up of patient trays, special requests, and needs in-between food delivery. Serve as a liaison between Nursing, Food Services, and the patient.

This position not only requires hospitality/diet experience, but also a positive customer service attitude to ensure that our patients and visitors have an exceptional experience during their time at Penn State Health.

Penn State Health offers exceptional benefits beginning day one, paid time off programs to ensure that our employees have time to enjoy strong life/work balance, and tuition programs to ensure that our staff have the resources needed to grow professionally. 

If you are an individual who has been seeking an opportunity to develop within a growing and innovative organization, connect with us today!



High school diploma or GED required.
6 months of hospitality and/or diet related experience required.
Must score a passing grade on the standardized Customer Service Perspective test.



Ability to read and interpret documents required.
Ability to understand basic hospital clinical abbreviations required.
Ability to calculate basic math formulas required.
Basic computer skills required.



Experience understanding and dealing with therapeutic diets in a hospital setting preferred.




If chosen for this position, you may be required to pass a Post Offer Employment Physical Exam in accordance with the measurements listed in the Work Task Analysis (WTA) report.  This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position.  All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.


Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please call 717-531-8440 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday, email or download our Accommodation Instructions for Job Applicants PDF for more detailed steps for assistance.


Union: Non Bargained