We recognize how important maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet is to the healing process. We also understand that your appetite and tastes may change during cancer treatment.
The culinary team at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) provides healthful, specially prepared meals to suit your culinary desires and selective tastes.
Our culinary team
Chef Roy Khoo, the Executive Chef at Southeastern, strongly believes that food can taste great and be good for you at the same time. The culinary team works closely with our Nutrition and Metabolic Support Department. Together, both teams strive to understand your needs and ensure that the food you eat complements your cancer treatment.
Chef Khoo spent over 20 years as a chef in the hospitality industry, mainly with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in locations like Bali, Indonesia; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and Atlanta. He was excited to join CTCA and make the switch to the healthcare industry, as it gave him the chance to change the perception of hospital food.
“My goal is to give patients what they want,” says Chef Khoo, who oversees the Café, Coffee Shop and stakeholder dining room at Southeastern. “We utilize organic, sustainable, natural and nitrate-free products in the meals we provide."
“The foods that are available to people fighting cancer can make a difference in how they eat and how they heal themselves,” says Chef Khoo. “I understand what it is like for a loved one to get sick, and I want to do whatever it takes to help in any way.”
In planning menus, Chef Khoo works with the Nutrition and Metabolic Support Department, to insure that meals provide the nutritional support patients need, while still offering a variety of tasty options.
At Southeastern, about 98 to 100 percent of the food is organic, and the meats are all natural, vegetarian-fed without hormones. Additionally, much of the food comes from local Atlanta sources.
The main Café on the first floor of Southeastern features numerous different stations offering a multitude of different healthy dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Members of the food service staff are always available to answer questions about meals and their nutritional value.
Dining options include a salad station, sandwich station, hot and cold food stations, pasta station, comfort food stations and a pizza station featuring a wood burning brick oven. All of the meal options are nourishing for patients and geared toward bold flavors to stimulate the appetite and address treatment side effects.
If you have a special request or if you are on a specific diet, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
Daily recipes are available with nutritional information, so that patients and caregivers can continue to eat well when they return home.
Our dining room is bright and open and surrounded by windows, enabling you and your caregivers and/or family members to enjoy the view as you share a meal together. There are also two saltwater aquariums to help you relax while eating inside.
If you’d like to dine outside, the outdoor patio area adjacent to the dining room has a koi pond and a Wi-Fi-enabled gazebo garden.
Chef Khoo also oversees the first-floor Coffee Shop, which offers Starbucks coffee, fresh fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and snack bites to quench those small cravings.