its own baby food, hosts
By TIFFANY RONEY
A childcare center is receiving rave reviews not only from parents but also from grandparents.
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Bob Brazil, chief operations officer of Memorial Health System, which operates the daycare, said he received positive feedback from a relative of one of the center’s newest enrollees.
“One of the new babies that you have, 6 months old, her grandmother came in today to my office and shared a story I thought was kind of neat to share with the board,” Brazil said at MHS’ board of directors meeting Wednesday. “This particular grandparent went to various places trying to find the right place for that grandchild. They went as far as Manhattan to look at various places. And what she told them was, ‘Your place was head and shoulders above anything they saw.’”
Marie Malo, director of the center, said one of the center’s newest practices is the creation of its own baby food.
“We use a food processor to process food and then we freeze it in ice cube trays and bag it,” Malo said. “We can keep it in the freezer for up to a month. It makes it easy and handy for infant teachers to take out portions for children.”
In addition to ease and convenience, the baby food also benefits the center through cost savings. Malo showed two photos: one of a small bowl of baby food the center processed, and the other of pre-packaged baby food.
“This amount here in this bowl is about the same amount that’s in a 60-cent container,” Malo said. “Using center-made baby food, it’s only about 20 cents a meal. So, all in all, it’s about 40 cents of saving per meal. They have at least 4-6 meals per day. So it has the potential of saving the center $50 on baby food.”
Malo said the baby food is just one way in which the center is seeking to improve.
“I believe this road is going to lead us forward,” Malo said. “The changes that we made and the changes to come are going to lead us to a successful year.”
By TIFFANY RONEY
Some coaches may advise competitors to aim to beat their personal bests rather than conquering the competition.
Memorial Health System can apparently aim successfully in either direction. The system has beaten both its personal best and its state and national competition, according to a survey by the Center for Medicare and Medicade Services.
Paula Dinkel, director of quality, shared the results of the survey at MHS’ board of directors meeting Wednesday.
“Comparing ourselves to ourselves from 9 months ago, we either stayed the same or improved in every area but one,” Dinkel said. “We declined in patients who reported that their area around their room was always quiet at night. But the data actually includes a lot of time from when we weren’t in the new hospital. Now, we have a better facility and acoustics.”
Dinkel said she hopes that one score will improve in the next survey now that the construction has settled. With only one score not higher than its past ratings, some directors would be completely satisfied, but Dinkel aims for excellence.
“In patient satisfaction, I’m a 100 percent person,” Dinkel said. “I want to see those numbers be even higher but overall our patients are satisfied.”