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Dining services to undergo renovation

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
Starting May 16, MUSC Dietary Services will undergo a multi-phased renovation of its cafeteria and dining room. The renovation, which reflects MUSC and Sodexo’s effort to improve food service for MUSC employees, students, patients and visitors, should be concluded by mid-August. To facilitate this project, part of Medical University hospital’s cafeteria and dining room will be relocated to a temporary tent at the portico. Cafeteria service hours will remain the same.
MUSC and Sodexo, the institution’s food service partner of 27 years, are coordinating upgrades to improve the hood exhaust system and duct work in the servery, changing in the dining room facility, and installing At Your Request Room Service Dining equipment to support inpatient dining at the main hospital and Children’s Hospital.
 “Our focus will be to continue providing our patients, staff and visitors with great customer service,” said Brad Masteller, director of dietary services. “We want to be able to limit any hardship that this project may cause to students, staff and visitors during this period.”
The changes will affect daily food service through the closure of the cafeteria’s Charleston Market (hotline foods), Spitfire Grill, Theme Cuisine and Soup/Salad Bar. Chick-fil-A also will close during this three-month period. Meals will be prepared in the main hospital kitchen and set up in the temporary cafeteria/dining tent location. The climate-controlled tent will be located adjacent to the Colbert Education Center and Library building. The service will offer limited hot food items, grab-and-go items such as salads and sandwiches, cold beverages stored in food kiosks and coolers, plus coffee/tea. Cashiers will be situated at either end of the cafeteria tent for easy check-out. Customers may still use cash or payroll deduction for food purchases in this location.
Dietary Services’ Pizza/A la Carte, Subway and Starbucks Express’s operating hours will not be affected by the construction. The project will be completed in two phases. Aside from the servery, dining room and inpatient dining upgrades, final renovations will include changes for the Pizza/A la Carte area and Subway, which will move to the current vending area. Vending machines will be relocated to a section within the redesigned area.
Renovation plans feature a new cafeteria entrance and expansion of the cooking stations—hot foods area, grill, soup/salad bar sections and addition of a new Innovation Station and Tex-Mex station (tacos/burritos). The Spitfire Grill, new Tex-Mex and Innovation Station, which replaces Theme Cuisine, will allow customers to see their food being prepared. The doctors' dining room and main dining area will feature single and multiple-style seating, and new chairs, tables, counters and flooring.
“We’re excited about this project because it translates to direct improvements for our patients and employees,” said David Tice, MUHA project manager, facilities management. Tice is responsible for managing and coordinating work conducted by the project’s contractor, HMC Con-struction, outside support contractors and MUSC Physical Plant and Interior Design staffs.
Information about these changes will be made available via Broadcast messages. For information, contact Masteller, MUSC Dietetic Services, 792-4559 or 792-3559; Menu line, 792-8713.

MUSC Cafeteria Hours
Breakfast, 6:15 to 10 a.m. M-F
Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., M-F, Sun
Dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m., M-F, Sun


9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. M-F
10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sat - Sunday

A la Carte

M-F, 10-3 a.m.

Starbucks Express
M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Friday, May 1, 2009

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