Meals

Within 12 to 24 hours of your admission, a nutrition attendant from Food and Nutrition Services may visit you and deliver a menu with your first meal as soon as your doctor permits. If you are a vegetarian or have any religious or cultural observations that affect your diet, please provide this information during your interview. The nutrition attendant will help you make your meal choices based upon the diet that has been prescribed by your physician.

Three meals are served each day. While actual serving times vary according to your room location in the hospital, approximate meal times are:

  • BREAKFAST 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • LUNCH 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • DINNER 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
We take great pride in service excellence. If your meal does not meet your expectations, please call Food and Nutrition Services by dialing 8161 from your room telephone between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Individual meal schedules may be interrupted due to special procedures or testing. In these circumstances, every effort will be made to get a meal delivered to you as soon as your doctor permits.

Family and friends may bring you food once your physician approves. Any food that is not eaten must be taken home or discarded. No food can be stored at the hospital unless it is provided by Food and Nutrition Services and its packaging is intact. Additionally, patients may not purchase food from the cafeteria. 

Deliveries and Mail

Your mail and flowers will be delivered to your room. Please note that flowers and fruit baskets are not permitted in the Critical Care Center or when a patient is placed in isolation. Also, latex balloons are not allowed in the hospital as many people have allergies to latex. Any mail you receive after being discharged from the hospital will be forwarded to your home address.

Clergy

If you would like a member of the clergy to visit you, please call Pastoral Care Services on your room telephone by dialing 8051. If it is after regular business hours, please dial “0” for assistance.

A Quiet Place

Located near the main entrance of the hosital, the Quiet Place is a room that is open at all times for prayer and meditation.

Vaccines and Screenings

In compliance with federal law, patients who meet certain criteria may receive pneumococcal vaccines year-round and influenza (flu) vaccines between September and March. Also, PAP smears and mammogram education may be available for those who have not had one within the last year. Talk to your doctor or nurse about these programs and related education.