Creating Healthier Places

El Camino Hospital

Year Committed: 2014
Length of Commitment: 3 years

To move healthcare institutions toward delivering nutritious options to meet the needs of children and families they serve, committing hospitals will engage in nine domains of activities:

  1. Fruit and Vegetable Procurement-increasing purchasing of fruits and vegetables,
  2. Food Marketing-displaying only health-promoting foods in advertising and pictorials,
  3. Healthy Checkout-offering only healthier food options near cash register stations,
  4. Child Wellness Meals-offering to patients and guests a child wellness meal that meets specific nutrient, food and affordability profiles,
  5. Adult Wellness Meals-offering to patients, guests and staff adult wellness meals that meet specific nutrient, food and affordability profiles,
  6. Overall Cafeteria/Menu Offerings-increasing the percentage of healthy entrees and side dishes,
  7. Nutrition Labeling-labeling all foods with calories per serving,
  8. Healthy Beverage Procurement-increasing purchase of healthier beverages and
  9. Food Preparation-removing all fryers and deep fat fried products.
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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      Display only health-promoting food options in all advertising/pictorials in cafeteria and general service patient menus.
    • Progress To Date

      One out of two hospitals met the healthier marketing criteria. The other hospital can continue to work toward achieving this element and resubmit data in future years.

      Results by hospital El Camino Hospital Mountain View Campus
    • Implementation Date

      July 2015
    • Reporting Date

      September 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer 2 wellness meals in the cafeteria and on general patient service menu that meets nutrient and food profiles and is priced less than or equal to other meal options.
    • Progress To Date

      Zero out of 2 hospitals developed at least 2 adult wellness meals that met all components of the nutrient, food and affordability profiles. Zero out of 2 hospitals also offered at least 2 qualifying adult wellness meals on both the patient menu and in the cafeteria at lunch and dinner for all 3 days reviewed.

      Results by hospital El Camino Hospital Los Gatos Campus
      • Submitted 3 unique adult wellness meals, 0 of which met food and nutrient profiles. 
      • Offered at least two qualifying adult wellness meals on the cafeteria menu at lunch and dinner on 0 of 3 days.
      • Offered at least two qualifying adult wellness meals on the patient menu at lunch and dinner on 0 of 3 days.

      El Camino Hospital Mountain View Campus
      • Submitted 3 unique adult wellness meals, 0 of which met food and nutrient profiles. 
      • Offered at least two qualifying adult wellness meals on the cafeteria menu at lunch and dinner on 0 of 3 days.
      • Offered at least two qualifying adult wellness meals on the patient menu at lunch and dinner on 0 of 3 days.
    • Implementation Date

      July 2016
    • Reporting Date

      September 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Offer health-promoting a la carte entrees and side dishes in the cafeteria and on general patient menus that meet nutrient and food profiles. By 2015, 40% of entrees and side dishes should be healthier options, 50% by 2016 and 60% by 2017.
    • Progress To Date

      Zero out of two hospitals submitted data for the healthier entrees and sides criteria. The hospitals can continue to work toward achieving this element and submit data in future years.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2016
    • Reporting Date

      September 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Label all items available in the cafeteria at point of purchase/service with calories per serving (or calories per measure provided for salad bar type service).
    • Progress To Date

      Zero out of two hospitals submitted data for the nutrition labeling criteria. The hospitals can continue to work toward achieving this element and submit data in future years.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2016
    • Reporting Date

      September 2016

Partner Statement

“El Camino Hospital aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice for our employees, patients, and visitors. A focus on total well-being is evidenced by promotion of resources available to staff to support resilience and stress relief. Continued movement toward healthy food options and increased activity will be supported by our new wellness platform being launched later this year.”