Someone sent me a bizarre article from The Wall Street Journal about hospitals with "executive chefs" who custom-cook dishes that are healthy for patients, but also delicious-- and designed to deal with the patients' specific challenges (dulled taste buds, etc).
Is this an early April Fools article? Did we suddenly get transported to the future? A world where hospital food isn't awful, utterly incompatible with patient health needs, and reheated from who knows what kind of pre-cooked bags of nonsense the cafeteria is delivered?
The way I know my patients are truly ill is if they're not complaining about the food. Anyone who says they think the food is good, I call for a neuro exam.
They used to serve hospital-catered food at Grand Rounds, but there was a mutiny and now they order the worst pizza imaginable, and it's still ten times better.
The hospitals mentioned in this article should prepare not only for an onslaught of new patients, but a heck of a lot of inquiries from doctors about job opportunities.
Given that we're supposed to be helping patients stay alive, the quality of the food is close to inexcusable.