Published on January 27, 2016

Parkview Medical Center Kitchen Gets Much Needed Update

What’s it like to cook 2,200 meals a day? The challenge is about to get a little easier for the Nutrition Services team at Parkview Medical Center. A newly renovated kitchen will be unveiled on February 1st. The kitchen renovation, which took just over eight months, is almost complete. It includes new electrical systems, new plumbing, new equipment and much more space.

Parkview has seen tremendous growth over the last few decades, expanding buildings and adding patient floors. The kitchen saw its last major upgrade in 1990. The previous kitchen was meant to accommodate meals for 150 patients which equates to 400-500 meals a day. Today, it’s not uncommon for Parkview to have 300 or more patients admitted. In addition to patients, Nutrition Services also handles meals served to visitors and employees out of the coffee shop, cafeteria as well as catered events, which can amount to 2,200 meals a day. While the team of nearly 70 professionals in Nutrition Services did a fabulous job of making sure all customers were well taken care of with the old kitchen facilities, they are anxious to get cooking in the new kitchen.

“We are excited about the opportunity to better serve our patients, visitors and Parkview employees,” explained Rosalie Glenn, Parkview Nutrition Services Director. “We now can increase our capacity to grow services in exciting, new directions.”

Nutrition is a critical component in the healing process that is often over looked. The days of everyone in the facility having the same meal are long gone. Patients have a customizable room service menu that takes each of their dietary restrictions into consideration. The new kitchen will have more tools in place to make the task of getting all 2,200 meals out in a timely manner more manageable. The new kitchen will feature more space for an improved work flow; state-of-the-art production equipment and computers; a dramatic increase in storage space for both food and supplies; centralized sanitation system for cleaning; as well as a dedicated elevator system.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.