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

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.

Yale-New Haven Hospital news release

Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826. Today, the hospital's two New Haven-based inpatient campuses include Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. YNHH's York Street campus and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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