Healthcare Spotlight


Newest S.F. hospital features tray-delivering robots

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital uses “Tugs” to cart food, medicine and more to patient floors.


Celebrity chef creating food for cancer patients

Michelle Bernstein is working with the Memorial Cancer Institute in Miami to support oncology patients’ nutrition needs.

Merger with University of Arizona Health Network in the works.

“The goal of Sustainable Kitchens is to evaluate food and operations in both commercial and non-commercial operations and, based on those evaluations, develop systems, processes, recipes, menus, branding and training in an effort to improve quality and increase revenue.”

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center at Mission Bay will employ 25 robots to traverse the 800,000-square-foot hospital, carrying food trays, pharmaceuticals, and even blood and tissue samples to appropriate parts of the facility. Employees who used to make such deliveries will be assigned other, more meaningful duties, say administrators.

Providence Health & Services, based in Portland, is phasing such drinks out of its hospitals, clinics and business offices over a two-month period. According to the healthcare system, Providence would be the largest such organization on the West Coast to make such a change. The ban includes drinks sweetened with HFCS, sucrose, dextrose and even cane sugar.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine slams Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital for its contract with Chick-fil-A, calling it one of the “six worst public hospital food environments” out of more than 200 medical centers surveyed. But the hospital’s administrators have taken issue with the report, calling it flawed and suggesting that the PCRM has ignored a number of steps the hospital has taken to improve patent and community health.

New menus and fresher ingredients are helping the 14 hospitals within Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation to elevate the patient experience. Morrison Healthcare, which Baptist contracted with in 2013, is calling the shift “The Great Living Menu."

As part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, the culinary team at Lee Memorial Health System in Florida gave special focus to vegetarian foods.

Life Care Centers of America is welcoming a new executive food service director to the campus, David Decker.

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