When Susan Bratton watched helplessly as her close friend succumbed to a brain tumor, she knew what she had to do–launch Savor Health.
Savor Health offers nutritional counseling, curates nutrition research, and provides home-delivered meals to people from first diagnosis to survivorship.
Bratton spent 20 years as a healthcare investment banker on Wall Street before considering this venture. “I left my job in 2010,” she said. “But, I had to delay the official launch of Savor Health because my father was diagnosed with cancer. He made a remarkable recovery.” Her company has since made remarkable growth by addressing the shortcomings of the medical community.
“The medical community’s answer to weight loss while treating cancer was to eat anything with high calories,” Bratton said. “They said ‘eat what you want’.” But, she realized that proper nutrition improves cancer issues like side effects of cancer treatments.
Bratton said she saw a big change since her company was launched in that nutrition really does matter. Bratton predicts further expansion of Savor Health into the diabetic market.
“Ninety percent of the people we serve are caregivers, not patients,” Bratton said, explaining that patients are so tired with treatments; it’s left to the caregiver to plan meals. “Savor Health is a tremendous resource for caregivers,” she said.
Bratton said Savor Health has helped many people survive cancer through nutrition counseling and planning. “We had someone who underwent cancer treatments who is now a survivor. He believes our meals helped him,” she said. “He sends us photos of his puppies. We consider him part of the Savor Health family.”
An elderly woman was being taken care of by her husband until he started developing health complications of his own, Bratton said. Their daughter, who is a busy career woman, contacted Savor Health to help in delivering meals and in counseling.
During diagnosis and treatment, more people need home-delivered meals, but as they become survivors, they stay for ongoing counseling relying less on home-delivery service because they know how to plan menus, according to Bratton.
“Our mission is to help cancer survivors and their caregivers by getting nutrition off their plate when caring for themselves or their loved ones,” Bratton said.