Fresh Look, World Cuisine In Remodeled Hospital Cafeteria
The first Cafeteria renovation in more than 30 years was greeted enthusiastically by employees and visitors alike at the June 29 Grand Opening of Fresh Inspirations Café. “This is beautiful,” University Hospitals Parma Medical Center President Nancy Tinsley exclaimed before cutting the ribbon before a large crowd. “This is just one of many capital improvement efforts that are part of our integration with University Hospitals.”
The collaboration of UH Parma Medical Center with Sodexo made possible the complete remodeling of the serving and dining areas, as well as an overhaul of menus and pricing. A focus on sustainability and health/wellness is evident throughout the spacious new Café, which is open from 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.
“Our customers provided so much feedback during this process,” says Jay Loughner, Manager of Food & Nutrition Services. “It truly was a collaborative effort and will continue to be. We were excited to create a more customer-focused and updated retail environment, with more variety and better quality and pricing. The revitalized retail venue provides appealing menu items at a variety of stations, more access to the items that customers desire and a modern atmosphere that is attractive and inviting.”
Employees in sharp new red and black uniforms serve a wider selection of foods. Fresh Inspirations Café features a “World Cuisine” station where items will be display cooked with fresh ingredients, a made-to-order pizza station, a deli station for hot and cold sandwiches, “Mindful Choices” with healthy food selections, “Simply to Go” grab-and-go selections and traditional stations like an expanded soup and salad bar, continental breakfast station, grill area and a “Favorites” station for local favorite menu items.
Customers also benefit from a new point-of-sale system, easy-to-read digital menu boards and a clearly visible, expanded recycling area. New carpeting, lighting and furniture gives the dining area a comfortable, appealing look.
Senior Communications Strategist, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center