CHA to close hospital cafeteria September 30

Darrell Cole
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Part of health authority’s budget mitigation efforts

The cafeteria at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will stop the retail sale of food to staff and customers on Sept. 30.

The cafeteria at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will stop the retail sale of food to staff and customers on Sept. 30.

UPPER NAPPAN – Cafeteria services at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will come to a conclusion at the end of September.

The Cumberland Health Authority confirmed Wednesday the retail sale of food to staff and the public at the regional hospital is being discontinued.

“This decision was not an easy one, however, retail food sales are not a core business of the health authority,” CHA spokeswoman Ann Keddy said. “Over the past number of years, sales have not been able to support the operation of the cafeteria and it has been subsidized by other hospital operations.”

The decision, Keddy said, is part of the CHA’s mitigation plan to meet its $1.3-million budgetary shortfall for the 2014-15 fiscal year and has been approved by the Health and Wellness Department.

Keddy said the change will not impact the preparation of meals for patients at the hospital and meals will continue to be prepared on-site by staff in the dietary department.

The cafeteria space will remain open for staff who wish to continue to use it for breaks and meal time.

The decision will not impact the Meals on Wheels program operated by the Cumberland VON,

“There will be no full-time jobs lost, however, there will be a reduction in the overall number of hours within the dietary department, which may impact casual employees,” Keddy said.

Keddy said freshly-prepared food will still be available at the coffee shop that’s operated by the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary. The coffee shop is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After hours and on weekends, there are vending machines in the cafeteria and emergency department with a variety of items available.

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Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Health and Wellness Department Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary

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Recent comments

  • Dietary Manager
    August 19, 2014 - 11:32

    This would not have been so easy for Admin to close if the hospital employees would have supported the department and paid for their food instead of wanting everything at huge discounts or for free. Healthcare workers are the least supportive of each other and other departments of any industry I've ever been associated with.

  • employed for a decade
    August 15, 2014 - 06:48

    To have only the vending machines on the weekends and NO coffee or tea available....making people pay $4.00 to leave the building to get much needed refreshments..... pathetic!!! and that little café that's suppose to make up for the loss of the hosp. cafeteria, good luck with that. I got tired of their boring menu a long time ago. I could go on forever with the things that are wrong with how the café is run. I repeat....pathetic....plain and simple! Any one want to start a little catering business? Swing by the hospital with some coffee/tea and maybe some French fries??? Sell real potato chips, Home made snacks like what we use to have available. there's money to be made. The right people need to be in charge.

  • employee
    August 14, 2014 - 12:32

    The coffee is way too expensive for one thing. Things need to be changed there and maybe offer a variety of things to eat and maybe more "freshly made" things.

  • hospital employee
    August 14, 2014 - 12:31

    Can't even get a coffee on the weekends now.How can you expect the patients families to spend time with their loved ones then have to pay to leave to get a sandwich or meal then pay again when they come back. This is awful. Take it from the higher ups.

  • spouse of employee
    August 14, 2014 - 09:43

    I read this story then related the news to my spouse who works at CCRHCC. Her reply "what a mess that place has become".

  • hospital employee
    August 14, 2014 - 07:02

    Sales would of supported the operation if the powers that be would of left things alone and not tried to force healthy eating on grown adults who are more than capable of making dining choices on their own.

  • dietaryworker
    August 13, 2014 - 22:51

    It is a huge loss of hours in the dietary department. It will definitely be a major inpact on the casual workers with some of them looking for hours then what's available. This could mean some of them being force to take 7days off in order to open an ei claim in order to continue to support them selves. Or look for a second job. Sad day in dietary indeed.