Tonight’s dinner at Acme Regional features a somewhat soggy looking shepherd’s pie with even soggier miniature carrots, all served up on a flimsy plastic plate. Yum. I don’t think they could make food less appealing, even if they tried.
Maybe North York Gen has the answer — or at least that’s what they claim. They’ve just contracted out their food services to Compass Group, the largest food services company in the world. Incidentally, Compass Group has been implicated in a nasty United Nations bribery scandal and the UN has actually dropped them as a contractor.
Anyway, NYGH’s new contractor features “Steamplicity” food. This involves some sort of fancy machinery*, called a microwave, that hots up prepackaged food, no doubt supplied by the vendor at some outrageously high cost — no wait! It’s Michelina’s!.
And it evades the real issue: providing fresh, real, nutritious food to patients. I wonder if any hospital administrator has ever actually costed any of this out — and I mean the real costs, including impacts on patient morbidity and mortality rates.
*This is the description of “Steamplicity”. To be honest, it makes absolutely no sense to me at all. Especially the steam valve part.
Specially equipped pantries for food preparation will be located on each patient floor allowing food freshness to be maximized. The food is pressure cooked in microwaves using heatproof, pressure-resistant plastic packages with patented technology, which includes an innovative valve control system. Heating the water molecules within the food builds steam pressure, and the pressure is released gradually through the unique valve to cook the food. Throughout the food preparation and delivery process, systems are in place to ensure food safety and hygiene.