A Healthy Choice

A hospital in Carthage, Missouri (America’s Maple Leaf City) is now pleasing patients and cutting waste by offering room service.Photo by Dalboz17 via Creative Commons

Since last week, patients at McCune-Brooks Hospital can order meals by phone and enjoy whatever their (hopefully healthy) heart desires 30 minutes later. No word yet on which is more exorbitant, these health insurance-billed meals or hotel room service.

The best news from this change to the ARAMARK-run food service: With the new system in place, waste will be “reduced by nearly two-thirds.”

Second best news: All-day breakfast!

How might on-demand ordering trim food waste? This article lends some insight:

Because all meals are dumped into the trash whether a patient has nibbled on it or not, hospitals are constantly plagued by overwhelming food waste.

Furthermore, McCune-Brooks’ old system was just bananas:

“Let’s say you’re in the hospital and you just want a bowl of cereal. In the old way, we had to send you a full course breakfast, whether you wanted it or not,” Demery said.

McCune-Brooks isn’t the first hospital to implement on-demand ordering, but it’s a nice reminder of the importance of choice in hospital food. Whether it’s calling room service, ordering on a menu card or clicking your choice online (which has to exist somewhere), allowing patients to select their own meals can lower waste and raise spirits.

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  1. Posted October 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how food is in ytour hospitals, but if it is like overhere, I’d prefer not to order any food at all! anyway, good thinking for the roomservice, if that is not going to cost more, though!

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