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SMMC Launches In-Room Dining Service

07/09/2012

Patients can select made-to-order meals from restaurant-style menu

Hospital food isn’t what it used to be at Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) now that the hospital has launched In-Room Dining. Patients can browse a restaurant-style menu featuring a wide variety of foods, and choose what they want to eat, when they choose to eat it, any time between 6:45 am and 6:45 pm.  Every meal is made to order and delivered within 45 minutes.  Only 35 percent of the nation’s hospitals currently offer In-Room Dining, and SMHC is pleased to be at the leading edge of providing this patient-centered service.  

“We’re very excited to offer SMHC patients In-Room Dining,” reports Mike Sabo, director of hospitality services. “In-Room Dining puts the focus on serving the patient what they want to eat, when they wish. Every request will be made to order from fresh ingredients by our Café chefs, and delivered within 45 minutes by specially trained wait staff. The SMHC Café team has worked very hard to develop a menu featuring a wide variety of delicious, nutritious foods.  Patients expect the best medical care so shouldn’t their hospital meals be exceptional too?”

“Appealing meals and good nutrition help patients heal more quickly,” added President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “Serving patients food they enjoy when they are hungry is also proven to reduce costs and waste. SMHC is committed to providing Excellence. Always. care, and that includes an exceptional dining experience while they are with us.”

To view SMHC’s new In-Room Dining menu, visit http://smmc.org/patient-resources/in-room-dining.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system including a medical center offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group. SMHC features one of Maine's leading Emergency Care centers as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient services at its 150-bed acute care medical center. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC's physician services offer high quality medical care through offices located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco and a wide array of outpatient services at its diagnostic and therapy centers in Saco, Kennebunk, and Biddeford. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org.

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Media Contact:
Leslie Roberts
(207) 283.7232
lbroberts@smmc.org
 

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