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Monday’s Housecall

August 25, 2014

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All this means to me is instead of buying goods and supporting our facility I'm going to go to Festival/Sams Club and spend money there instead. Just don't touch my Toll House cookies!!

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This is a very sad thing. Our family has ordered all of our special event cakes etc from the Bakers Hearth. It was easily the best bakery in town. I too will take my business elsewhere instead of purchasing here. I would think as adults, we probably could monitor our own choice of foods.

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Does that mean that the batterfried offerings, pizza, and other "not so healthy options" currently offered in the cafeteria at ever increasing prices will at the same time be no longer offered? Sounds like double talk to me…..

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This is sad news indeed. If one pre-orders baked goods for a celebration, that is not an unhealthy impulse purchase. Why should the organization make purchasing option decisions for all? Seven people will have their jobs ‘reduced’ because of this change through no apparent fault of their own. How does that fit into the mission vision that should apply to every person as a human being every time? Occasionally I purchase something to share with my co-workers as a treat. I often browse without purchasing ‘unhealthy’ items. I do notice the people that also browse. Many are patient visitors and they comment about how nice it is to get away from the stress by browsing the Bakers Hearth. They reminisce about ….”Remember when mom used to make these” and other happy memories. Almost every person smiles when they browse. Some also say how nice it is and how considerate the hospital is to provide a pleasant comfort zone retreat. There is value in good public relations that no dollar amount can be assigned. Another consideration is the Daisy award. If there had not been a cinnamon roll to purchase (as well as other bakery options) how different the final hours of that patient would have been. A little cinnamon can go a long way and a spoon full of sugar does help the medicine go down.

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So being the #1 bakery in town means absolutely nothing? Guess that honor will now have to go out of town to Linda's Bakery in West Salem. What a shame…

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I am quite upset about the news and cannot understand the reasoning about "healthy food options". Who says a bakery can't offer healthier food options as well? We always got whole grain bread at the Bakery, which is very tasty and healthy. I am not working on site anymore, so I had to order the bread and drive all the way to La Crosse to get it. I don't think this a good decision, neither for our patients nor for visitors and patients, not even speaking about the very nice and loyal employees of the bakery.

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Health and well-being go beyond food choices. Employee satisfaction should always be figured into a health equation. I find it discouraging to know that the "experts" find it necessary to monitor my dietary intake. Perhaps the decline in sale could be attributed to the decline in quality and services provided.

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Oh this is too bad. I tried a cake for the first time the other day and absolutely loved it, best frosting I've ever had! I was thinking of ordering a cake for my daughter on her birthday. I would think that bakery orders would be making MCHS La Crosse profit? Not sure I fully understand why we would close something down that seems to be so succussful and popular? People often come in just for the bakery, seems like we will be losing a lot of devoted customers:( Instead of getting rid of bakery maybe get rid of pizza sitting in the rotator? Consider adding another bar to make your own healthy wraps? I'm afraid closing the bakery is not the answer to healthier living. Everyone will just go to another bakery.

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The focus should just be that this is for financial reasons. That without an increase in bakery goods it is not feasible to continue the service. Mentioning heathier options is hard to swallow with all the bad offerings in the grab-n-go.

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How sad that the hospital is dictating what we can and can't eat. First the marketplace and now the bakery. Even the dietitians say "everything in moderation". I too find the cake frosting the best around. Hopefully some of those losing their jobs will start their own business.

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Wouldn't it be better to be known as the #1 healthcare provider in the area rather than the #1 bakery?

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I too feel sad about this decision. My concern if they are changing the bakery process to reflect healthier diet, what about the food options to reflect a healthier diet? What about the deep fried items they are not reflective of a healthier diet? If one thing has to change I'd think the other less health meal items also need to change.

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I applaud your efforts to increase healthier choices. However, isn't there some way to make salads,wraps, etc. more affordable? I frequent the Marketplace less and less often. It is considerably less expensive to buy fruits,veggies, and salads elsewhere. If you reduced the price on some of the perishables, there would be an increase in volumes sold and less waste, thus increasing your profitability.

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I too find this very sad news. As far as the decline in sales, there have been a lot of negative changes to Baker's Hearth over the past few years. Changes in the set up, getting rid of the tables in the center, and adding that self-serve bin. These have all led to a decline in sales. I personally have not purchased anything out of that self-serve bin because I've seen people drag their sleeves across items, not use tissues, and handle the different products before choosing. It's too bad that I will need to take my business for breads and special occasion cakes to other businesses while 7 workers here are displaced.

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Thank you for your comments. Based on your feedback we wish to emphasize/reiterate: • The in-house retail bakery service will continue – those who wish to purchase baked goods for consumption that day will still be able to do so. • The move to emphasize healthy foods is part of the larger trend in healthcare. In the future our organization will be compensated as much for keeping our patients healthy as we are for treating their illnesses. • We recognize and appreciate the loyalty of our customers. We think they will be pleased with the upcoming new look and offerings that are being developed. • The bakery operation has seen declines in sales and customers served since 2005. As mentioned in a comment above, adults are monitoring their choice of foods, and in growing numbers they are choosing not to purchase a large share of the products we previously offered. • We recognize that additional changes are needed with our offerings to keep us moving towards a menu that provides options to our customers. Our plan is to introduce new selections over the coming months.

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