In addition to taking home their brand new bundles of joy, new parents at Mercy Hospital Jefferson take home a complete meal courtesy of the Nutritional Services Department.
Cruz Griffaw was born July 21; when he left on July 23 with his parents Rusty and Alisha Griffaw of Festus, his mom chose the chicken Alfredo option for dinner that evening.
“It’s a good deal. Something that you don’t have to worry about on the first night at home, and possibly the second night depending on leftovers,” Alisha said.
Chef John Pinkstaff prepares a take-home package with Mom’s choice of meatless lasagna or chicken Alfredo, a large Italian salad and bread sticks. The dinner is designed to easily feed two or more and comes with re-heating instructions.
Prior to discharge, the post partum nurses on the third floor call down to the cafeteria with the to-go order. Chef and his staff prepare the meal, which is packaged and delivered to the floor. The nurses distribute the meals to the moms before they leave.
“We send new moms home with a lot of instructions and responsibilities. Having to prepare one fewer family meal is a small but welcomed gesture,” said Bernadette Hill, nurse manager for the Woman and Child Center. “The families have been very appreciative.”
The take-home meal program began on June 16.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the patient experience,” Mercy Jefferson President Eric Ammons said. “This cooperative effort between our Nutritional Services team and the nursing staff provides a terrific example of living out our mission.”
Cruz’s grandparents are Tim and Sharon Griffaw of Barnhart, Pam Cernik of Herculaneum, and Peggy Vance, of Bluford, Ill.