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Dr. Harry Bohrs, one of BMC's radiology oncologists, who was instrumental in procuring its CyberKnife. Many of the programmatic innovations that doctors, nurses, and other staff members develop at the point of care are later scaled and have been adopted at other institutions across the country. Take BMC's therapeutic Preventative Food Pantry and Demonstration Kitchen, for example — the first hospital-based facility of its kind in the nation. BMC doctors used to keep food in their drawers to give to patients who were hungry. "We have to meet patients where they are," Walsh explains. "To restore a diabetic patient to health, we may need to provide food in addition to insulin." Today, if a BMC doctor finds that a patient isn't getting enough food, he or she writes a prescription for several days of food for the patient and his or her entire family, noting any allergies or special dietary needs. With this prescription in hand, patients can "shop" in BMC's Food Pantry, which is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, staples, and items that are low in sugar and fat. The Pantry serves 8,000 patients monthly, forty percent of whom children. Across the hall is a demonstration kitchen run by a nutri- tionist, who teaches patients ways to pre- pare healthy food. 64 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 The Pantry serves 8,000 patients monthly, forty percent of which are children.