Children's Hospital Leads The Push To Serve Patients Locally Grown Food

[From WGBH] Boston Children's Hospital used to serve stereotypically bad hospital food — prepackaged stuff with plenty of preservatives.

But if a hospital wants to be on the cutting edge of healthcare, says Children's manager Paul O'Connor, it also has to focus on the most nutritious food possible — local food.

"If you’re going to be called No. 1 in the world from a pediatric perspective, you better be doing it from a food perspective too,” O’Connor said.

So five years ago, Children’s decided to go as local as possible. The problem, O’Connor says, was the hospital couldn’t just switch. Children’s gets its food from big distribution companies, which in turn rely on national contractors who can deliver a lot of food at once...(Continue reading)

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