Think hospital food means tuna sandwiches and green Jell-O? Think again. At Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, patients, family members and guests can feast on fresh, chef-prepared cuisine at Henry's on the River, the hospital dining hall.
Henry's on the River reflects the hospital's commitment to offering diners a great culinary experience. John Miller, assistant director of culinary wellness for Henry Ford Health System, worked with his team to transform the menu. Now customers can enjoy more fresh produce, leaner proteins and world flavors.
"We want people to have choices and we hope that by offering a selection of foods, visitors, patients and staff will choose the healthier options that are offered at Henry's on the River," says Lori Armstrong, R.D., clinical nutrition supervisor.
According to Miller, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is revolutionizing the way patients, staff members and visitors dine at all Henry Ford hospitals.
Fresh is best
Henry's on the River emphasizes fresh fare that is prepared using healthy methods. Meals are cooked to order in sauté pans, and the hospital never uses deep fat fryers or trans fats. For diners who want a speedy grab-and-go meal, Henry's on the River features a selection of healthy fast-food options, such as grilled salmon, spinach salad and hearty minestrone soup. Inpatient guests can even order healthy dishes from a menu during their hospital stay.
Practicing what is preached
Henry's on the River prides itself in applying the advice that hospital physicians, nurses and dietitians give their patients. Namely, eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. A healthy, balanced diet like this is strongly correlated with improved health, lower body weight and a reduced risk for diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The menu at Henry's on the River changes daily, and the nutrition information, including calories, fat grams and Weight Watcher's Points, is posted. That way, customers know how well their dining choices meet their daily nutrition goals.
Stop in today! Henry's on the River is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. inside Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.