Catholic Health announced today the grand opening of Root & Sprig, a fast-casual concept restaurant, at St. Francis & Heart Center, bringing creative healthy food and beverage options to hospital employees and visitors.
This is the first Root & Sprig location to open at Catholic Health, with other hospital location openings anticipated later in 2023.
Root & Sprig was developed and founded by Tom Colicchio, host of Bravo’s Top Chef, and Health Hospitality Partners is a mission-driven company that brings modern amenities to healthcare settings.
“We are thrilled to partner with HHP to open Root & Sprig and promote healthy food choices for our patients, employees and visitors,” said St. Francis President Charles L. Lucore. “As healthcare providers, we have to set the example, and that’s why we have embraced this opportunity to offer healthy, nutritional food in our hospital lobby.”
Colicchio created Root & Sprig to deliver bold flavors and friendly service to patients, visitors and employees in healthcare facilities nationwide, while calling attention to the crucial role that food plays in health.
Menu items reflect healthy dietary selections and feature sandwiches, salads, soups and breakfast items that include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
“Catholic Health is a leading, forward-thinking system that shares HHP’s drive to elevate nutritional quality, physical spaces and daily experiences for health care employees, patients and visitors,” added Daniel J. Kodner, founder and CEO of HHP. “The past few years have illustrated just how deserving and important this community is to all of us, and we very much look forward to successfully bringing our collective vision to life together over the coming months and years.”
Catholic Health is working with HHP to curate and host high-quality food retailers such as Root & Sprig, who provide healthy, fresh, and nutritious food, and who are dedicated to bringing a true sense of hospitality to health care.
Catholic Health has been focused on ensuring that patients have access to healthy food options as poor diets are associated with a higher probability of diabetes, stroke, hypertension, obesity, cancer, asthma, arthritis, and kidney disease.
In addition, campaigns have been implemented to address food insecurity in the communities Catholic Health serves and beyond.