New Milford Hospital Establishes Plow to Plate® Signature Dish Initiative with Local Restaurants
Fifteen restaurants in New Milford Hospital's service area have joined forces with the hospital since the fall of 2012 by collaborating in the Plow to Plate Signature Dish initiative. This partnership allows the Hospital and restaurants in its service area to demonstrate their shared concern for community health.
In this collective effort towards community health, participating restaurants offer a unique, healthy dish or dishes (appetizer, entree, dessert) on the menu, which incorporates one or more components that meet New Milford Hospital's Plow to Plate nutrition guidelines.
Plow to Plate Signature Dish Guidelines
- The dish should incorporate (goal for 2/3 of plate plant based foods)
- whole grain, or
- No processed foods or factory-raised meats; lean meat choices (goal 1/3 of plate or less)
- No deep-fried foods or meats
- When possible, locally-sourced ingredients
- Low fat dairy or smaller amounts of full fat dairy products
- Utilize fresh herbs and spices for seasoning when needed
- Limit added salt
- Utilize healthy oils such as olive or canola oil when needed
- Utilize natural sweeteners in limited amounts when needed
- No oversized portions
- Focus on quality not quantity
New Milford Hospital's own Cafe; follows these guidelines, serving meals made "from scratch," using whole ingredients and procuring from local farms during the growing season. In some cases, an entire Plow to Plate restaurant menu is devoted to this initiative.
Deborah Weymouth, senior vice president and executive director of New Milford Hospital applauds participating restaurants and said, "By taking better care of ourselves and making healthy choices in food, everyone in the community is going to benefit in the long run." The Signature Dish initiative is the first phase of several to help educate the community about the role nutritional food plays in our health.
Participating restaurants display a framed Plow to Plate Signature Dish commitment certificate signed by both the restaurant owner and Executive Director of New Milford Hospital Deborah Weymouth signifying this collective commitment to community health.
New Milford Hospital earned a 2012 gold level Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Innovation Prize for its success at building and sustaining a healthy dining experience for its patients, employees and the community. The "Plow to Plate" concept, established in 2006 with New Milford Hospital as one of its founders, is now regarded as a model of healthy eating and community partnership.
New Milford Hospital continues to expand upon this collaborative effort by offering a Signature Dish coupon book at community and hospital events and looks forward to compiling a Signature Dish recipe book.
To date, the following participating restaurants offer Plow to Plate Signature Dishes:
- The Upper Crust Cucina Italiana
- Ristorante Lucia
- La Piccolina
- Green Granary
- 3 Brothers Diner
- Chuck Wagon Restaurant
- White Horse Tavern
- GW Tavern
- Community Table
- Hidden Valley Eatery
- Villager Restaurant
- Bull's Bridge Inn
For information about New Milford Hospital and its programs to serve the community, call 1-800-516-4743.
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:
- Western Connecticut Medical Group, an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
- Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home care and community health services
- The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundations
- emergency medical and Level II trauma services
- an occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry
- a nationally renowned Biomedical Research Institute
Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women's health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns. Danbury Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital by US News and World reports in 2012; a and a Top 100 for Value by Cleverly and Associates. New Milford Hospital is well known as a Planetree hospital and for its Plow to Plate, farm to table food program.
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