Catherine Austin, chief of nutrition and food services for the Memphis VA hospital, is featured as the Food Service Director of the Month in the December 2011 issue of FoodService Director. An accompanying article, which was written by Becky Schilling, focuses on the training and educational programs Ms. Austin has put in place for her employees. One of the programs, School at Work, provides instruction in basic math and reading. Ms. Austin has also set up an employee computer lab in the kitchen. A third program, the result of six years of planning, offers internships in dietetics.
The Memphis VA Medical Center, which first opened in 1922, is located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue.