Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) has introduced an entirely new patient-centred dining experience. In partnership with Compass One Healthcare, the Comfort Kitchen menu launching this week at CCH will offer patients homemade comfort foods to help stimulate appetites, increase food intake, and improve their overall experience while in hospital.
The Comfort Kitchen menu offers patients with a choice of two Daily Chef’s Specials at each meal period and an Always Available section. Patients browse the menu, choose their meal, and provide their choices to CCH dietary staff who visit them at bedside prior to mealtime.
Comfort Kitchen’s menu items are cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients; the hospital’s kitchen was specially retrofitted to accommodate this new process.
Menu items available from the Comfort Kitchen at CCH include chicken parmesan, Indian butter chicken, roast beef with gravy, black bean soup, quesadillas, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, and a selection of fresh pastries.
The hospital has also introduced all-new diet plans to coincide with the Comfort Kitchen menu to accommodate a variety of patients who may require different textured foods, consistencies, etc.
CCH is only one of two hospitals in Ontario to implement Compass One Healthcare’s Comfort Kitchen.
“Not only will this new menu provide our patients with comforting and familiar flavours, but it also gives them more selection and variety,” said Jeanette Despatie, CCH’s President and Chief Executive Officer, adding that she is “proud of this patient-centred dining experience now available at Cornwall Hospital, in partnership with Compass One Healthcare.”
“The goal of our Comfort Kitchen is to continually elevate the perception of what is typical hospital food. It offers comforting and familiar flavours that take patients away to a place where they find solace, such as their home, their favourite restaurant or dining with friends,” said Leta Hill, EVP of Compass One Healthcare. “Combining wholesome and flavourful ingredients packed with nutritional benefits, these meals will provide a more comforting and nutritious mealtime experience for patients at Cornwall Hospital,” Leta added.