25. UAB Hospital, Birmingham, Ala.
Licensed Beds: 1,127
Foodservice Head: Charlotte Beeker, director of food, nutrition & guest services
Avg. Daily In-patient Census: 978
Avg. No. In-patient Meals/Day: 3,000
No. of Retail Dining Outlets: 5
Total Annual Retail Sales: $5.338 million
Dining/Nutrition Services FTEs: 395
UAB Hospital switched to a room service style model for patient dining five years ago and today patients are able to order meals off the room service menu anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., with delivery within 45 minutes. That menu includes select items created and prepared under the guidance of James Beard-award winning local chef Frank Stitt.
On the retail side, UAB has redesigned its North Pavilion food court, expanded its cafeteria, renovated the onsite Starbucks unit, opened the first full-service Au Bon Pain unit in the state and reopened the onsite Subway unit in a new location.