The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 3, 2013

Freeman Hospital opens expanded cafeteria; upgrade represents $5 million investment

By Ryan Richardson

JOPLIN, Mo. — Officials at Freeman Hospital West held the grand opening today for the hospital’s $5 million new kitchen and servery.

The kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals daily to hospital staff, patients and visitors. During today’s opening, Freeman Health Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker said the goal for the new cafeteria is to provide a fresh dining experience unlike traditional hospital food.

“Take every memory of cafeteria food and throw it out of the window,” Baker said. “We are providing another standard of excellence in the way we serve.”

The upgrade took 14 months to complete and comes equipped with energy-saving appliances, an expanded dining area and more.

“The renovation also allows for the introduction of hotel-style patient room service in July, enabling patients to choose from a menu of items prepared to order and delivered to patients’ bedsides at a time of their choosing,” the hospital said in a statement.