CROSBY -- Patients at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, now have the option of ordering their meals via room service.
Room service dining is designed to provide patients with an extensive, restaurant style menu so they can order the meals they want and when they want them, within their prescribed diets.
Heather Erickson, director of Nutrition Services, said the program was implemented in mid-July and has received positive feedback from patients and staff.
Patients comment on the choice, flexibility and satisfaction of food served and satisfaction in food is reflected in overall hospital stay satisfaction, the medical center reported.
"Staff has noticed that when our patients are given the ability to choose their meal according to their own preferences, they eat much better," Erickson said in a news release. "This is so important for their recovery."
Erickson said of the dining programs the medical center researched, room service dining was the most patient-centered program they could find.
Room service dining is available 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week. A nutritional staff team member works to deliver the meal within 30 minutes, or at the patient's preferred dining time. Menu choices include items such as fresh fruit plates with yogurt, chicken Caesar wraps, BLTs and hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy.
A variety of breakfast, soup, salad, dessert and beverage items are available. Choice also is available for those on limited intake such as a clear or full-liquid diet.
Some patients may be inappropriate for room service dining, the medical center reported. For these patients, the traditional menus and ordering system are in place.
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