Minn. hospitals see food improvements

Room service for hospital patients is a hit at many Minnesota hospitals.

Jan. 15—Hospital food has had a bad rap for a long time, and with good reason.

Until recently, what showed up on a patient's tray was pretty uninspired — mostly overcooked and bland, with green Jell-O providing the only splash of color. None of it was especially appetizing.

Ever so gradually, that's changed. Sure, some things are the same — a liquid diet is still a liquid diet — but overall the other options have had quite a facelift, thanks to dieticians, chefs, cooks, physicians and administrators, who all know that patients need nourishment to help their recovery.