Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) in McConnellsburg, PA, and TidalHealth in Seaford, Delaware, unveiled a new automated food and beverage solution coined “The Lunch Box,” expanding freshly prepared meal offerings while providing hospital staff and visitors with a convenient culinary experience throughout the entire day!
According to Michael Straley, the executive director of the Foundation at FCMC who spoke during the ribbon cutting on November 8th, “We wanted to do something special for our employees at the iCare Lounge, especially for those who are working or visiting the hospital when the cafe is closed. This was truly a team effort with Cura Hospitality, our dining partner, who collaborated with us on identifying the best technology and cooler as an optimal and flexible 24/7 automated solution for on-the-go meals. The Lunch Box is an excellent add-on that creates more convenient food options for hospital staff and visitors alike.”
With a simple credit or debit card swipe, customers can purchase regular grab-and-go items, as well as food customers would normally get in the café prepared by the Cura dining staff. “Customers can purchase freshly made salads and wraps, homemade soups, lasagna, roast beef, chicken tenders, buffalo wings, mac & cheese, and dessert selections. A microwave is positioned next to The Lunch Box cooler, where customers can conveniently reheat their meals with the instructions provided,” says Cura Hospitality General Manager Lou DeMaio, MBA.
Customers can also view the current inventory of The Lunch Box via a website so they know exactly what is available and how many. This will allow for quicker purchasing decisions. “Considering most employees only have 30 minutes for their lunch break, this new option will save them a ton of time,” says DeMaio.
The Lunch Box cooler also allows the Cura team to monitor the cooler inventory through a convenient app. “It provides us with real-time information on what has been purchased, what needs to be restocked, and feedback from customers so we can provide the best on-the-go dining experience,” adds DeMaio.
Future additions will feature dinner for two, more hot meals, and holiday desserts. More to come from this exciting FCMC food service solution!
Grace Zarnas-Hoyer, communications and public relations