Hospital food for workers

I am restating this - Northern Dutchess Hospital is wonderfully friendly and accommodating, small enough to be personal and big enough to get it done well-Both Liz and now Terry have had excellent experiences with all medical and medical support staff there!!! I think it is a great place.

However---(yes, however)--
the cafeteria food for the staff and guests is horrendous and unbelievably out of date with the progressive attitude of the rest of the hospital--
They serve 95% processed food except for hard boiled eggs a few pieces of institutional west coast fruit and yogurts- the rest was cheap orange cheese, low end nitrate laden cold cuts, powdered eggs with dyed cheese, processed sausage patties, processed hash brown tots (why no potatoes), fake whole wheat bread (white bread with 10% ww flour & corn syrup), AND a center piece of trans-fatty--processed danish and doughnuts---Dunkin Coffee, frozen soups---all processed, poison, chemical shit. 
I have been to enough corporate food shows to be able to identify most of this cheap, nutritionally void garbage for what is is--pre made, void, corporate poison designed to save labor and kill Americans. It is pretty shocking, actually--a thoughtful and modern hospital serving food right of the White Trash Cookbook.
Hospitals and institutions must do better. Health Quest has  fliers to "Find a healthier, happier you" and yet the workers are eating absolute poison. It is not hard to design a program that is fresh (er) without alienating people. But it does take a little effort on behalf of the food service workers and and leadership from admin. I say bring ina new breed of kitchen management, not one looking for "low fat" processed foods ( isn't that so 1990's by now) but someone who can teach their staff to make soup from scratch. Just because payroll budgets are an issue in institutions doesn't mean you can;t get a staff that in enthusiastic about making real food. It takes leadership and motivation. But if they all are eating this trash and think it is food, there will be no energy, no passion and no food worth eating.
Any of my friends work there?
Any feedback?


Rhea Parsons said...

Amen. The hospitals I've worked in not only had Dunkin' Donuts shops in the lobby but McDonalds as well. That was in addition to the processed foods being served in the cafeterias.

Two years ago I was in the hospital and refused most of the "food" they offered me. Even the peanut butter was from a container that had more ingredients on it than I could count including corn syrup. You know what's in the peanut butter I buy? Peanuts. That's it.

The cardiac unit had a menu from a catering service they use. People with heart disease were being offered high-fat (the bad fat), high-sodium dishes, some with cold cuts. Guaranteed to make more money for the cardiac unit.

You would think schools and hospitals would be the first places to ensure nutritious fresh food. You are so right that this needs to change for patients and workers alike.

Dennis said...

It never ceases to amaze me how such institutions only offer unhealthy choice. I recently attended a college with a nursing program and they didn't have any healthy food choices available to their students.