Before blazing fireplace, cafeteria re-opens with ribbon-cutting

As the fireplace warmed the room, from the left, Marna Borgstrom, YNHH CEO; Paul Patton; Ernie Tate, senior food service manager, East Pavilion cafeteria, Food and Nutrition Services; Rich Kuplicki, regional vice president, Sodexo; Agatha Williams, assistant director, dining services, Food and Nutrition Services; and Richard D'Aquila, president and COO, cut the ribbon that marked the opening of the completely modernized cafeteria.
As the fireplace warmed the room, from the left, Marna Borgstrom, YNHH CEO; Paul Patton; Ernie Tate, senior food service manager, East Pavilion cafeteria, Food and Nutrition Services; Rich Kuplicki, regional vice president, Sodexo; Agatha Williams, assistant director, dining services, Food and Nutrition Services; and Richard D'Aquila, president and COO, cut the ribbon that marked the opening of the completely modernized cafeteria.

With the opening of the section of the cafeteria that features a gas-fired fireplace, the cafeteria is now open for business — much to the delight of employees.

At a recent ribbon-cutting marking the completion of the renovation that began in 2011, Paul Patton, vice president, Human Resources, called the new space a "place of healing."

"As a hospital, we are concerned with healing and the patient experience, and this thoughtful new space truly supports both," he said. "In addition, employees in employee engagement surveys have said they want healthy food choices and that's exactly what this cafeteria provides."

The renovated cafeteria offers guests healthy options — like the popular new salad bar — and retailers provide the calorie counts of food choices to help employees and guests make the choices that are best for them. The final two food vendors — Baja Fresh and Jump Asian Express — are expected to open in February, completing the roster of vendors who provide fresh choices.

Patton pointed out that the new cafeteria complements the hospital's fitness center. Together, they support employees' nutritional wellness. "This is another part of the puzzle that will give employees a respite from the hard work they are doing and support their efforts to be — and stay — healthy," said Patton.