HONOLULU -- Tripler's Nutrition Care Division (NCD) began offering room service dining for in-patients on Oct. 27, 2015.

Tripler's priority of providing patients with high-quality, personalized care continues with this new program.

Patients will now enjoy a similar dining experience to the room service guests receive at hotels.

The service offering patients an opportunity to feel more at home, which may enhance the recovery process.

"Proper nutrition positively impacts clinical outcomes and can reduce a patient's recovery time," stated Capt. Stephanie Gasper, Chief, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Tripler. "Room service has the added benefit of allowing the patient to select the food they want to eat, when they want to eat it, which encourages patients to improve their overall nutritional status," added Gasper.

The customizable adult and keiki menus allow patients to choose meals tailored to their needs and habits.

Each meal is prepared within 45 minutes of an order.

Patients, or designated family members, can call (808) 433-6495 to order meals anytime between the hours of 7:00 a.m.--6:00 p.m., seven days a week.

The extensive menu, provided when a patient is admitted, offers a variety of choices.

The menu features an all-day breakfast, made-to-order salads, personal pizzas, grill items, local Hawaiian favorites, dessert and reflects religious and cultural accommodations.

"At Tripler we strive to provide patient-centered, culturally sensitive, health care," states Maj. Maria Yates, Chief, Production and Services Branch, Tripler. "The new room service menus offer local Hawaiian favorites like loco moco, kalua pork and cabbage, and a teriyaki burger. We also offer special menus for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas," added Yates.

The new room service amenity offers an opportunity to provide education to patients as well.

Heart healthy options (tasty foods lower in sodium, fat and cholesterol) are offered and denoted with a heart on the menus.

The menus also offer nutritional tidbits such as the amount of carbohydrates per serving.

The program also supports the Army Performance Triad, a comprehensive plan to improve readiness and increase resilience

Providing quality care to beneficiaries in a highly reliable setting is a priority for Tripler and the Nutrition Care Division and enhances the overall patient experience.