We know already that its good for the soul, but now Houston Northwest Medical Center hopes that chicken noodle soup will be good for discharged patients.
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Earlier this year, the Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospital in northern Houston began giving patients containers of chicken souplabeled with ingredients, warming instructions and an expiration dateto take with them as they are discharged to help ease the hospital-to-home transition process. Proposed by members of the hospitals nursing, food and nutrition, and marketing departments, the soup was developed by the hospital chef, who worked with dieticians to create a low-sodium recipe that also tastes good, the hospital says. About 30 to 60 patients are discharged each day, and they leave with a container of soup in a bag tied with a raffia ribbon and a card.
The feedback we have received from patients and their families has been very positive, says CEO Drew Kahn. They appreciate this old-fashioned gesture and leave with the hospital in a better frame of mind.
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