Hospital attracts outside attention with cafeteria

Virginia hospital uses local produce to entice customers.

May 21—The Bistro on the Hill offers good food and a great view but it isn't just another popular restaurant in Virginia. It's the  cafeteria of Fauquier Hospital, one of a new group of "patient-centered" health facilities focused on meeting more than just people's medical needs. Fauquier is one of about a dozen U.S. hospitals certified by a group called Planetree, which sets strict standards for patient-centered care.

And when it comes to patient-centered care, food is more than just something you eat. At Fauquier, the food starts, literally at ground level, at the hospital's "culinary healing garden," located just outside the Bistro.

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