November 16, 2012


Jupiter, FL (November 16, 2012) – The dietary department at Jupiter Medical Center’s Pavilion doesn’t just prepare meals for residents. They prepare meals for those homebound in the local community, five days a week, every week of the year.

Working closely with The North County Churches Home Delivered Meals, Inc., The Pavilion is able to deliver meals in the Jupiter/Tequesta area each week, all year long. They’ve been delivering meals to the community for over 30 years.

“We send out about 15-20 meals per day to those in need with three delivery routes,” said Valerie Carson, Pavilion Dietary Supervisor. “I’ve been here 27 years, and The Pavilion’s been participating in the meal delivery program even longer than that.

“Valerie Carson and everyone at the Pavilion are absolutely wonderful to work with,” said Lori Vassalotti, Director at North County Churches Home Delivered Meals, Inc. “They care so much about the community and helping out those in need. They’re absolutely rock stars. If I call Valerie with a new need, she is supportive and does all she can to help. Jupiter Medical Center is very supportive of our meal delivery program.”

Volunteer drivers deliver the meals, and range from college aged to senior citizens. “One of my favorite parts about this meal delivery program is seeing the drivers come together,” said Carson. “The volunteers just get excited about delivering the meals. I get calls all the time about it.”

For Thanksgiving, the meal recipients will receive the same meal as the Pavilion’s residents, including turkey, gravy and all the trimmings. Meals are packaged up carefully and are often the exact same menu of the residents. Meal recipients typically are unable to do their own shopping or cooking and generally pay about $5.00 for each meal. 

The Pavilion, a sub-acute rehabilitation and long term care, post-acute facility that also offers hospice beds with Hospice of Palm Beach County.  The Pavilion offers the unique benefit of being located on the same campus as Jupiter Medical Center with convenient access to an abundance of healthcare resources. When a medical condition requires continued monitoring or extensive rehabilitation, or if independent or assisted living is no longer an option, consider the top quality, specialized care at The Pavilion. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (561) 263-4444.

About North County Churches Home Delivered Meals, Inc.
North County Churches Home Delivered Meals, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing meals to the homebound. Its purpose is to provide an affordable, balanced meal to the homebound in northern Palm Beach County. Started in 1978 by representatives from various churches, the program seeks to serve the area roughly from Tequesta, south through Lake Park.  The meals are prepared by The Pavilion at Jupiter Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and delivered by volunteers. For more information, please contact Lori Vassalotti at (561) 745-8000 or visit www.northcountymeals.org.

About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed community medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in orthopedics and spine, geriatrics, minimally-invasive surgical procedures including robotic surgery, emergency services, cardiac services, obstetrics, cancer care and advanced diagnostics. Founded in 1979, the medical center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center is the recipient of the HealthGrades ‘America’s 50 Best’ Award™ for two years in a row (2011-2012) and the Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence™ for eight years in a row (2005-2012). For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.

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