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Disappointed hospital cafeteria is closing to public PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

Our family was deeply disappointed to learn that Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital (MERMH) is closing its cafeteria to the public effective June 1.

Several years ago, while waiting for a neighbor’s testing, we were thrilled to discover this charming cafeteria right on the premises. We had a great, healthy lunch.

Over the years while running errands in Eagle River,

visiting friends or waiting for folks, we occasionally dropped by the hospital for lunch, once being served beef Wellington with all the trimmings for under $10 for the two of us. It was totally delicious and the price was certainly right — less than burgers, fries and a soda downtown. Plus we avoided scarfing up colossal amounts of cholesterol and sodium.


We were pleasantly surprised to learn that you could call (715) 479-0379 to get a recorded message of the menu for the day. Try it now before they disconnect the service.

We learned this sad news this week when my wife was to MERMH for tests and me for therapy. There’s a rumor circulating that perhaps there may be an opportunity to file a petition to save the cafeteria for the public. Actually a couple years ago, it was my intention to drop a note to the Vilas County News-Review to tout this facility as another of the North Woods’ best kept secrets. Alas, I should have done it then.

Our family, friends and neighbors have all benefited from MERMH’s resurgence in recent years. It seems closure of the hospital has been on the brink on and off for a long time, so the new image was certainly welcomed. Now we read that Ministry is considering discontinuing the EMS ambulance service for our area. What next?

It’s apparent that saving the almighty dollar is the main issue for these medical conglomerates, even to the point of removing the water cooler in the lobby. If they must raise prices for these services, so be it.

Back to the cafeteria —? serving healthy and delicious food seems a worthwhile service to the hospital staff and community. If the cafeteria discontinues serving the public, it’s unlikely overhead would be significantly impacted since meals must be prepared for patients. How about just raising the price for other-than-hospital employees. This would be a win-win for everyone. Maybe a nice sign or announcement in the local paper touting the cafeteria’s menu and services?

We’d gladly contribute to help defray the cost for an initial ad campaign to save the cafeteria.

Bill Green



Editor’s note: The Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital cafeteria will remain open to patients on a daily basis, but will be open to the public only on Wednesdays for lunch, according to a Ministry spokesperson.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:33 AM
Last Updated on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:35 AM

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