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Goodall Hospital and SMMC Join National Hospital Healthy Food Initiative

04/16/2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Serving as Honorary Chair of the Three-year Program

Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) and Goodall Hospital have joined other MaineHealth members and signed on to participate in a new national initiative to provide healthier options in their hospital cafeterias. The Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) “Hospital Healthy Food Initiative” includes 155 hospitals across the country, making it the most expansive effort to impact hospital food and nutrition to date. First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as honorary chair for the three-year program.

“SMMC and Goodall Hospital are pleased to join other MaineHealth members in the Partnership for a Healthier America initiative,” said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “We are committed to improving the health of our communities and that includes setting a positive example by serving nutritious foods that promote good health and healing.”

“We firmly believe that participating in the ‘Hospital Healthy Food Initiative’ will allow Goodall and SMHC to better fulfill our main goal of providing patients with the best care possible, while also promoting health throughout the communities we serve,” added Goodall President and CEO Patsy Aprile.

As part of the PHA initiative, participating hospitals are adopting standards in the following categories:

  • Boost access to fruits and vegetables
  • Make healthy meals more affordable
  • Encourage healthier beverage choices
  • Focus on preparing healthier foods
  • Label foods with nutrition information
  • Market healthy foods in cafeterias and on menus

“Over the last few years, Goodall and SMHC have implemented changes to ensure that our patients, visitors and employees have a wide variety of affordable and healthy food options,” said Mike Sabo, director of hospitality services for the two organizations. “Joining the PHA’s ‘Hospital Healthy Food Initiative’ was a natural progression of the work already underway to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

In addition to his responsibilities at SMHC and Goodall, Sabo is chair of MaineHealth’s Food Service Director Task Force. He was recently named Food Service Director of the Year for 2013 at the 8th Annual Good to Best Conference held in San Diego, California; an annual meeting of healthcare food service directors, operators, executive chefs, and industry leaders.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including a 150-bed acute care medical center in Biddeford, Maine, offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org.

About Goodall Hospital
Goodall Hospital is a national award-winning community health system that includes a 58-bed acute care hospital in Sanford, Maine, four eldercare sites and services, and primary and specialty care services in Sanford, Kennebunk, and Waterboro.  Founded in 1928 by the Goodall family, the Hospital today offers state-of-the art health care services and serves as the primary health care resource for its community.  Goodall Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed by the state of Maine, and is a member of Southern Maine Medical Center and the MaineHealth System.  To learn more, visit www.goodallhospital.org.   

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth's member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Goodall Hospital, Lincoln County Healthcare, Maine Mental Health Partners, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Medical Center, Waldo County Healthcare, Western Maine Healthcare, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.  www.mainehealth.org

About Partnership for a Healthier America
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

Media Contacts
Leslie Roberts
Southern Maine Medical Center
(207) 283.7232
lbroberts@smmc.org

Kristen Hill
Goodall Hospital
(207) 490.7034
khill@goodallhospital.org

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