The Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Virginia, has a cafeteria called “Bistro on the Hill”, which attracts not only patients, but also lots of healthy seniors from the area, who come to dine there twice a week and enjoy the wonderful view & music along with the great food.
Fauquier Hospital is one of a dozen hospitals in the U.S. that applies ‘patient-centered care’ and pays great emphasis on the quality of food. These hospitals follow a new approach with strict standards, besides the medical needs of patients. I.e. they believe that food is nurturing and healing, too.
The hospital has a ‘culinary healing garden’ outside - with a view on Virginia’s beautiful countryside - where they grow greens, lettuce, herbs, tomatoes and strawberries – all organic and untreated. Produce, which they cannot grow in the garden, they aim at buying locally.
The chefs’ goal is to make wholesome food, which doesn’t cause any harm to the body. They don’t use any food additives or preservatives; all meals are cooked to order by patient; the bistro staff goes and takes orders from each patient in person. This helps in finding out daily what specific needs a patient has, and also supports patients psychologically.
Besides patients, a lot of seniors from the area come to dine frequently and enjoy the bistro’s ‘senior nights’. So it’s a win-win for many parties.
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