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Amanda Butterfield Reporting Hospital food is changing for the better. A medical center in Layton is the first non-specialty hospital to offer room service, just like you get in a hotel, at no extra cost.
Davis Hospital and Medical Center knows staying at any hospital is usually not a pleasant experience, but it's hoping with a new menu and made to order meals, patients will have a whole new experience their next stay.
With her new baby girl sleeping quietly, Julie Cowley has a little bit of time to decide what she wants for breakfast -- and she's got a lot of choices.
Julie Cowley, Patient: “It's kinda like being in a hotel and ordering what you want now.”
Julie is the first patient to order from the new room service style system. Starting at 6:30 in the morning, until 6:30 at night, patients now can order whatever they like at no extra cost.
Rosalyn Garner, Dietitian:"We think it's something patients are going to be excited about. They can get what they want when they want it.”
Though some specialty hospitals in Utah already offer this kind of service, Davis is the first community hospital to. And it probably won't be long until other community hospitals start changing their food service.
Rosalyn Warner: “I think it's because we're a service focus society, and people expect they're going to have some say in what they are doing.”
On the three page menu are breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees, each of which can be ordered anytime, along with kid friendly choices, and health-wise choices. And the entrees are delivered with in the hour.
This may be the last quiet meal Julie enjoys for a while. Today she takes little Kennedy home to meet her two brothers, and there may not be time for homemade French toast.
Another bonus with the new food service--when patients like what they're being served they'll eat it and recover faster, and there's less food waste for the hospital.