Salem Township Hospital Cafeteria to Be Renovated
More Choices and Ability to Cook to Order Are Planned
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The Salem Township Hospital cafeteria is going to be renovated.

Hospital President John Kessler told the hospital board Wednesday afternoon Morrison Health, which recently was awarded a contract to take over operation of the cafeteria, is paying for 100-percent of the project.

"We've got a couple of different counter tops that aren't connected and so it just looks like different pieces from different eras. Now we are going to have one flowing counter top when they come in. And ultimately it will lead to better equipment."

Kessler says the project will also result in more choices.

"We are excited about the Turbo Chef unit that we are getting. Its going to allow us to do some cook to order food in a short time frame. If you don't like something on the menu there will be a limited list of items you can get cooked to order because of the time savings you can get a personal sized pan pizza cooked to order in about 3 minutes."

Kessler reports there will also be more hot and cold well which will allow additional choices as well.

The renovation is scheduled to begin on January 22nd and take about two weeks to complete. The Bistro will be available during the renovation as an option to the cafeteria. Kessler says no changes are being made to the kitchen and the project will not have any impact on food served to patients in the hospital.

Kessler reported five physician offices in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana are now signed up to have their blood work completed at Salem Township Hospital through Rise Health. As a result, the hospital lab is now processing an additional 100 units of blood a day. Kessler says the slow ramp-up will continue and so far it's been a good partnership.

The board was told the Athena Electronic Health Record System is now fully implemented. Chief Nursing Officer Kendra Taylor says they have had a lot of progress since the system went live at the hospital four months ago. She also reported an improvement in patient satisfaction surveys since the numbers decreased in late summer when Athena was being implement.

Dr. Seth Hahs was thanked for his service on the hospital board. He will be replaced by Dr. Murfin when he begins his year of service as head of the medical staff.

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