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New Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital Restaurant Name Chosen


Willits, CA – Something that Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) excels at in addition to quality, patient-centered care is – food. Known as the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates is quoted with saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” which is a philosophy that HMH Chef, Kyle Evans, wholeheartedly believes in.

According to Chef Kyle the new restaurant will bring so much to the community, in addition to the patients that will be served on a daily basis. “The new restaurant will be a lot of fun,” said Chef Kyle who continued, “It will have an open kitchen which will create a great experience for both our patrons and our cooks to share in the creation of their food. I have always enjoyed cooking and creating culinary offerings in an open kitchen. There is an energy that happens and is shared when patrons are able to see us in action cooking tasty food.”

“This will be a great space for our community to gather and eat healthy and tasteful cuisine with produce that is sourced from the Frank R. Howard Foundation Commonwealth Garden. The large dining area will stretch from our open kitchen towards an expansive window that will allow natural light and views of the outside in. We will also have a large communal table inside for our community to share conversation and dine together. Guests can also delight in an outside patio seating area.”

So what will this new space be called? Earlier this year HMH launched an employee wide campaign to name the new hospital restaurant that will be part of the new facility when it opens in 2015. “We had over 100 potential names submitted by our employees,” said Chef Kyle, “There were lots of very creative names. So, it was a really tough decision. The most fitting name of them all was ROOTS.”

ROOTS was a name submitted by Human Resources Specialist, Leslie Smith. When asked what inspired her to submit that name Ms. Smith said, “I happened to be driving with my mom in Vallejo in traffic and we were both just brainstorming names. Most of the names I thought of were based around earth and nature. ROOTS, just really seemed to fit with HMH in so many different ways. For instance roots signify how our food that we serve in the cafeteria is grown – fresh and out of the garden. It also symbolizes our deep roots in the community, like the strength of a redwood trees roots in the ground, and storied ties with Charles Howard and Seabiscuit. We are “deep rooted” in this community and plan to be here for generations to come!”

In closing, Chef Kyle shared, “The HMH culinary team is really looking forward to cooking up sustainable high quality healthy food for everyone that comes through their doors. My hope is to have a restaurant for our community that is comfortable and inviting so everyone can enjoy incredible cuisine prepared by our passionate culinary team.” 

So ROOTS it is!    

Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is a 25 bed acute care hospital recognized internationally for dedication to high quality patient-centered care. Services include the Orthopedic Joint Center of Northern California, state-of-the-art radiology imaging, laboratory, in-patient and out-patient surgery, 24 hour emergency services, physical therapy, and soon to be full service restaurant. 


Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.