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 Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) provides healthful, specially prepared meals to suit your culinary desires and selective tastes.
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.
Having worked at other CTCA® hospitals for years, Sharon Day, Director of Nutrition at Western, knows the impact a proper diet and optimal nutrition can have during your fight with cancer.
Our culinary experts constantly develop new recipes containing organic, low-preservative and low-fat foods to help you maintain proper nutrition during your cancer treatment.
Everything we put in our bodies affects us to some degree," Day says. "Cancer can cause malnourishment and vice versa. We want to address this early on by educating our patients and providing healthy meals during their stay."
At Western, your nutritionist works closely with our chefs to select ingredients high in vitamins and minerals. "Our fruits and vegetables are organic and our meats are low-hormone or hormone-free," explains Day. We've built relationships with local farmers and they give us top-notch products."
Many of those products are grown onsite on our 69-acre organic farm. In partnership with McClendon's Select, one of the country's top organic farm companies, Hope Springs Organic Farm grows an abundance of organic vegetables, providing our patients, their caregivers and our employees with a wide array of foods grown free of chemicals and picked at their peak of ripeness.
Day says that she and the chefs at Western talk regularly about how to meet the unique needs of CTCA patients. "If a patient feels like a dish not on the menu, our team will make a meal specifically for that patient," explains Day. Providing patients with their favorite comfort foods is one example of our Mother Standard® of care in action.
Sometimes cancer treatment affects taste buds. The culinary team at Western uses spices and herbs that are pleasing to your changing palette. Our team wants you to enjoy food just as you did prior to your cancer diagnosis.
"Often patients come here not knowing how the food will taste or if they will be able to appreciate it when undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy," says Day. "They are amazed to find out that the food is flavorful and that their favorite dishes may even taste better when prepared with organic ingredients."
Another unique feature of our Café is our fresh juice and smoothie bar. Many patients choose to drink juices or need smoothies to supplement their daily requirement for calories and protein. Patients and their caregivers can visit the bar for a wide selection of freshly made juices prepared to order.
The Café is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Scheduled meal times are as follows:
- Breakfast: 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Dinner: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
You may also order meals directly to your room or to the Infusion Center if you are receiving chemotherapy.
The Café is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but patients and caregivers may purchase hot and cold food to go from the Coffee Shop from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Your team of culinary professionals is available to meet to discuss diet restrictions, allergies and specialty food items you may need while you are treating with us.