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Inside the Demonstration Kitchen

Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and
the Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster (OAL),
Pennsylvania recently opened its doors to a
brand new health center in Lebanon County.
OAL is one of the most respected medical practices
in the area, works with LG Health/Penn
Medicine to provide coordinated, orthopedic
trauma services and follow up care.. The new
two-story, 73,529-square-foot outpatient health
center includes an urgent care facility, primary
and specialty care practices, as well as physical
therapy centers and a fully equipped demonstration
kitchen.
LG Health/Penn Medicine and Vistacom worked
together to design and integrate the teaching
and demonstration kitchen for the preparation
and cooking of food for a live audience. The
space is utilized as part of the hospital’s Be Well
Events and Seminars. With more than a million
people being diagnosed with cancer and 26 million
people diagnosed with diabetes in the United
States each year, the Be Well program off ers
information about how certain foods and nutrients
work to promote health and fight disease.
LG Health/Penn Medicine has hosted monthly
seminars for over a year in the Lebanon area as
a way to introduce Lancaster General Health to
the Lebanon community and to become a partner
in their health. The seminars focused on
healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, nutrition
and more. Up until the opening date in November
of 2015, these monthly seminars were hosted
at various venues within Lebanon County.
As of last month, the seminars are now hosted
in our new Community Room/Demonstration
Kitchen.
“It is our goal to host at least one seminar each
month focused on nutrition and utilizing the
demo kitchen as a way to showcase healthy
cooking techniques and menu planning tips,”
stated Kim Shirker, Special Events Specialist for
LG Health.
The demonstration station has a camera above
the cooking area, as well as sound reinforcement
and a lavalier microphone for teaching
and training purposes. A 24” confidence monitor
is provided for the presenter, and three 65”
NEC monitors and a Blu-ray player allow for the
live demonstrations or recorded material to be
streamed to the audience.
“The feedback from the attendees at the 2016
Be Well Events and Seminars Kickoff shows an
enthusiastic reception to both the concept and
the kitchen.,” said Shirker. “The first event featured
a Lancaster General Health executive chef
paired with a registered dietitian and was very
popular, as evidenced by the amount of attendees.
The next demo has already filled and we expect
the popularity will grow as more members
of the community hear about our educational
approach to healthy lifestyles. These demos are
part of LG Health/Penn Medicine’s ongoing commitment
to improve the health of the communities
we serve.”