Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Business

May 8, 2012

Hill-Rom employees to benefit from new center

BATESVILLE — When Hill-Rom President John Greisch introduced the new Hill-Rom Center to 450 employees April 30, he was most gratified by their reaction to the environment. “The first-class professionalism put into the building has been great to see.”

The 23,000-square-foot addition right in front of the corporate building facing State Road 46 is on two levels.

The 13,000-square-foot first floor contains a spacious town hall that can either be a dining room seating 170 or an auditorium with room for 500 chairs, explained John Dickey, senior vice president of corporate services.

Five large screens can be lowered for meetings that can be carried out simultaneously in different parts of the room. Soft music played during an afternoon open house for invited citizens.

Adjoining that is a cafeteria with food stations that serve pizza to paninis, sandwiches to calzones. Last week the chef’s table area featured chicken with mango salsa, edamame and coconut rice, and Korean beef skewers were one of several menu items offered in the grill zone.

A smaller café with high-top tables and comfy chairs for 50 is closer to an adjacent  Starbucks eatery. Both the town hall and café  boast large screen LCD TVs.

Workers also can dine and chat at a courtyard patio equipped with 16 umbrella-topped tables each seating four.

The food service areas opened May 1 with weekday hours from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

“John was hugely intent on providing a place where employees could meet,” instead of being secluded in their offices, pointed out Marylou McNally, vice president of global corporate communications. By creating an atmosphere of “creativity and teamwork,” the hope is associates will “collaborate – share information and innovate, which will actually advance our enterprise.”

Dickey maintained the fresh space “is just really special.”

Thirteen who work in the cafeteria and Starbucks were hired by ARAMARK, Philadelphia. The food services, facilities management and uniform apparel firm has 255,000 employees in 22 countries.

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