Hospitals Re-Purpose Cafes to Support Healthcare Heroes


Caption:  Indiana Regional Medical Center Creates Convenient Grocery Shopping for Healthcare Workers

Mobile grocery marts are popping up all over to help our healthcare workers who don’t have time to visit the grocery store.  They are busy risking their health to help save lives.  Cura brings the store to them by re-purposing hospital cafeterias into a convenient shopping experience!

At Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, PA, and at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, staples like milk, loaves of bread, butter, eggs and iced tea are easily purchased from upright coolers.

Ordering pizza and other to-go meals are made easy for our healthcare “lifesavers” at Allegheny Health Network’s Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, PA.

At Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, PA, the salad bar is now used as a grab-and-go like store where healthcare workers can find boxes of cereal, canned goods, pasta, pasta sauce, bread, peanut butter and jams – even paper goods like toilet paper!

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital‘s Riverview Cafe is now Cura’s Corner Market! Healthcare workers can shop for dinner featuring fresh assorted individually packaged raw meats kept frozen in the empty salad bar, along with containers of homemade sides from 11 am-7:30 pm. Grocery items are also available at the hospital located in Seaford, DE.

Cura is also here to help our healthcare “heroes” shop at Punxsutawney Area Hospital‘s café in Punxsutawney, PA, where the Cura team has it stocked with much needed grocery and other staples including paper towels and toilet paper!  According to Ron Burkhardt, Chef Manager for Cura at the hospital, is also collecting egg cartons, “Eggs are in high demand.  They are less expensive if I purchase on 2.5 dozen flats, which is where the egg cartons come in handy.  I sanitize the cartons I receive and then re-package the eggs in the cartons.”

At Marion General Hospital in Marion, IN, sales are soaring at their new grocery market which supports healthcare workers with an abundance of “at cost” offerings including fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats; dairy, pasta, sauces, soups, cereals & assorted dry goods!  In just three weeks, sales topped $10,000!  Marion will soon expand using its mobile POS system to offer the market to the other Marion General Hospital satellite locations.  Customers will fax in their orders and the team will package for them in advance.  What’s convenient about the “Drive Up, Pick Up” system is that healthcare employees will select the time for “pick up”, slide their badge for payment, while the team loads their orders in their vehicles!  Kudos to Cura’s team members Joy Michael, Andy Sheron & Sarah Gerstorff!


Caption:  Marion General Hospital’s Grocery Market 

Washington Health System including Washington Hospital and Washington Greene  in PA are offering family meals to go.  Every day is a different meal option and each week the menu changes.  Order by 10 a.m. and pick up at 4 p.m.  The hospital has also added groceries.  What a great way to make dinner time (and picking up some essential staples) more convenient for our healthcare heroes!

On your way home? Several “to-go” selections such as deli sandwiches, salads and desserts are prepared by the Cura team at Field Health System in Centreville Mississippi.  Great job in supporting your healthcare heroes!

Our healthcare workers are courageous people, the backbone of our healthcare system.  This is the least we can do to thank them and make their lives a little easier when they are shopping for their families.

Read more about our hospital mini markets in Food Management Magazine here.



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