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Healthcare dining trending: Compass One Healthcare gets feedback on meal services; Centra Lynchburg General Hospital's hydroponic farm

A problem-solving renovation at the Carle Foundation Hospital lobby and more were also popular this month

This month, Chad Matrana, a Commander's Palace alum who was recently hired executive chef at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, explained how he's bringing fine dining to the healthcare setting.

Compass One Healthcare has begun using MyRounding, a piece of technology that allows hospital food service managers to enter data while making rounds with patients. This digital software is a game-changer for hospital patient meal service as it gives real-time feedback. 200 Compass One accounts currently use MyRounding as part of the pilot program as part of Compass One Healthcare’s Positive Impressions program, which emphasizes the importance of creating a favorable impression with patients by providing the best possible experience during their hospital stay. Find out more about the revolutionary software.

In Virginia, the Centra Lynchburg General Hospital installed a micro-farm unit from vendor Babylon in its cafeteria last November and has already harvested about a hundred pounds of lettuce, primarily for use on its salad bar. Patients have noted that "there’s a fresh, crisp taste to the lettuce" according to Timothy Schoonmaker, system director and executive chef for Centra Culinary Creations, which operates dining at Centra Lynchburg Hospital. Find out how they're using this resource.

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