Thompson names new nutrition services director

Rhashard Watkins

UR Medicine Thompson Health recently named Rhashard Watkins of West Henrietta its director of nutrition services.

For the past four years, Watkins has served as director of food service operations for Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport, a 120-bed nursing home. He previously was in leadership roles within nutritional service at the Hurlbut Nursing Home in Rochester. Since 2016, Watkins has also served as chief operating officer of the Rochester-based Kron Insurance Services, Inc.

Watkins will oversee a nearly 80-person department providing meals to patients of F.F. Thompson Hospital and residents of the adjacent M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center.

Watkins received an Associate in Applied Science degree in computer information systems at SUNY Alfred, where he later obtained a bachelor’s degree in technology. He received his executive Master of Business Administration degree from the E. Phillip Saunders School of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2019. He is treasurer of the Rochester Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as well as a board member for the nonprofit Baden Street Settlement in Rochester.