EASLEY — Baptist Easley Hospital, in conjunction with Unidine Healthcare Culinary Group, recently unveiled its new quarter-of-a-million-dollar cafeteria renovation with a new look and a new name — Cafe 200.
After being closed for several months due to construction, Cafe 200 features a healthy, fresh menu specializing in made-from-scratch food items.
Allison Greene, media liaison for Baptist Easley, said the hospital chose Unidine as its culinary partner because of its business philosophy that creates a dining program to help guide and encourage healthier food and lifestyle choices for their patrons.
Unidine’s unique “Hydrate for Health” program uses special dispensers at stations with signs that explain the benefits of drinking water.
“The water is infused with fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs and the flavor changes daily,” said Greene. “Four stations are available in the hospital.
“The OHSOGOOD menu options at the cafeteria contain a combination of health-promoting nutrients and healthy portions for weight management,” continued Greene. “(Those options) are beneficial for disease prevention.”
The OHSOGOOD nutritional guidelines are based on the recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines as well as the Fresh Food Pledge.
“Baptist Easley’s partnership with Unidine provides the Easley community with an innovative, fresh food dining experience,” said Greene. “Many Easley community members enjoy dining at Café 200 for lunch and on Sundays after church.”
After the four-month renovation, the cafeteria reopened to full service on June 17 and celebrated with a grand opening ceremony — the “cutting of the carrot” — on June 23.
Café 200 is open to the public for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and for dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.