To enhance the quality of service provided to patients and better meet their nutritional needs, Southern Ohio Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of the Seasonal Selections Room Service program for 2010.
“After receiving feedback from both patients and staff members, Nutrition Services started creating a program that would provide a wider variety of food options, while maintaining our patients’ specific diet and nutritional requirements,” Nicki Welch, chief clinical dietitian at SOMC, said.
Seasonal Selections Room Service began Jan. 26 and has replaced the hospital’s previous meal program. The new service gives patients more individualized, personal control of their menu selection.
“Our new menus will contain items specifically designed by our own nutrition specialists and will give patients the feeling of a higher-class restaurant-style of dining,” Jack Smathers, manager of Nutrition Services, said. “The program also will give our patients and their guests the ability to order what they want, when they want it, which is a completely different set-up than that of the past. It’s going to make a huge difference.”
Nutrition Services Director Mike Cremeans explained that the program has been in the works for more than a year and is the reason behind the hospital’s cafeteria reconstruction project.
“To provide a higher quality and quantity of menu items, a renovation was needed,” he said. “The new cafeteria space and kitchen will allow both employees and our customers to see improvement in our services.”
Patients and their guests will be able to order room service between the hours of 6:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. A Nutrition Services Ambassador will be available for questions and to aid patients in ordering from a Seasonal Selection Room Services menu.