We are committed to improving the health of our community by modeling good nutrition and influencing how food is produced and distributed. Through our purchasing decisions, we can promote health by providing our patients, staff and visitors more fresh, great-tasting, nutritious food. By shortening the distance between the farm and the plate, we hope to lead by example and serve the freshest food available.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is a signing member of the Healthy Food in Health Care pledge committing to the goal of providing local, nutritious and sustainable food to our patients, staff and visitors. We have also committed to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s goal of purchasing 20% of our hospital food locally by 2020.
Health risks are associated with greater intake of foods that are high in sodium, solid fats, added sugars and refined grains. To encourage healthy eating, foods containing trans fat, those high in saturated fat, fried foods and the salt packet have been removed from our menu.
Inspired by feedback from our patients and staff alike, we've recently created a new patient menu that reflects these commitments and goals. This is part of a 'Pledge to Our Patients'!