St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Promotes Healthy Food and Eating

Monday, March 11, 2013

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Nutrition and Food Services Unveil Revamped Menu for Visitors, Guests and Staff

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care and a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine, recently unveiled a revamped menu featuring more healthy foods in its Cafeteria. St. Elizabeth’s doctors and clinical support staff treat patients for a variety of medical conditions including heart surgeries, cancer care, diabetes, dialysis treatment for kidney diseases, and gastrointestinal diseases to name a few. In the past year, St. E’s was awarded for eight different recognitions for quality care Truven Health Analytics “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals” as well as earning Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence awards. St. Elizabeth’s is extending its healthy mission by offering health beneficial foods in its cafeteria.

To help combat the current obesity epidemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released new (2010) dietary guidelines. These new dietary guidelines focus on encouraging Americans to eat healthier, more nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy, and seafood. The 2010 guidelines also emphasize the importance of consuming less sodium, saturated and trans fats, refined grains, and less added sugars as well. St. Elizabeth’s wants to help its community to achieve these goals by creating a food atmosphere that supports these dietary guidelines.

Irene Sedlacko, St. Elizabeth’s Food Service Director (FSD) as been working with head chef John Murray and the Cardiology Department to revamp both the cafeteria food options and patient menus with health and satisfaction as their top priority. The Nutrition and Food Services Department is providing both the food and tools to create a healthier plate in the cafeteria at St. Elizabeth’s, including heart healthier meal options coupled with nutrition information to help  employees, patients, visitors, friends and families learn how to make healthier food and beverage choices.

St. E’s patients, visitors and employees  visitors are urged to keep an eye out for exciting new changes to the café including more fresh vegetables at the salad bar, half sandwich and daily soup specials at the deli bar, as well as new gourmet sandwich specials with an emphasis on delicious whole grain breads, fresh vegetables, and lean meats. The current heart healthy entrées featured at St. E’s will soon include more vegetable options and heart healthy whole grain starches such as brown rice. Most importantly, these healthy changes will be coupled with nutrition information around the café to help visitors make healthier choices in the café and at home.

Visit St. Elizabeth’s website at www.stewardstelizabeths.org for more information on how St. Elizabeth’s operates to provide the best nutritional care for their patients.

About St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is a major academic medical center affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine.  Areas of medical excellence include cardiology, neurosciences, general and robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, women’s health, high-risk obstetrics, bone and joint health, hematology/oncology, pulmonary medicine and emergency medicine.  St. Elizabeth’s is a member of Steward Health Care, which is the second largest health care system in New England.  Visit St. Elizabeth’s online at Steward.org/St-Elizabeths.

 


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