Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, VA does it right when it comes to healthy, affordable cafeteria options. Fauquier has gone the extra mile with a unique initiative to provide menu options that meet standards and criteria, and are certified by Planetree. Fauquier is one of a only fifteen U.S. hospitals that have met these standards. Planetree is an independent group that focuses on patient-centered care and provides coaching, consulting, and education on how hospitals can provide this elevated level of care for its customers.
Planetree provides designations to healthcare facilities that are exemplary in the area of patient-centered care. There are several categories, each with it’s own criteria that must be met. Facilities interested in designation must be able to demonstrate how they meet each category with the proper documentation. An example of a category that must be met is “Dining, Food, and Nutrition”, with a sample criteria being that there be fresh and healthy meal/beverage options available to customers and staff 24 hours a day. Fauquier Hospital doesn’t serve its meals from just any cafeteria; rather from a restaurant-style concept called “Bistro on the Hill“. This is one hospital that isn’t jumping on the bandwagon of allowing fast food chains into its dining selections for patients and customers. And the best news- customers don’t miss them one bit.
Menus are built around fresh, local ingredients. Some of the ingredients are not only local but come from the hospital’s OWN garden, called the “Culinary Healing Garden”. Various fruits, vegetables, and herbs are cultivated just outside of the Bistro and used in recipes featured on the menus and salad bar. Fauquier believes in using food to nurture individuals, which is high on the list of Planetree’s qualifications.
Dietary management software helps make this all possible! Want to be able to provide healthy, delicious cafeteria items for your customers? SureQuest can help! SureQuest’s dietary management software allows hospital staff to input creative and unique recipes using ingredients from their garden, or search through the thousands of recipes already on the software and available upon subscription. To see the full spectrum of capabilities, please attend a demo of the foodservice management software, or feel free to contact us!