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Patient Meals


Patients are served meals beginning at the following times:

Breakfast – 7:30 AM
Lunch – 11:30 AM (Guest trays available)
Dinner – 5:30 PM

Patients will receive the diet prescribed by their physician. Please notify the nurse of any special dietary needs — dietary staff members are available to discuss food and nutritional concerns.

Guest trays are available at a reasonable cost. Dietary personnel request that you notify the nursing staff at least 2 hours prior to the meal you wish to order. A children's menu is also available upon request.

In addition to the Gift Shop’s various snacks, there are beverage and snack vending machines located throughout our facility (some machines also accept major credit cards and contactless payments like Apple Pay):

  1. Outside the Emergency Department’s waiting room

  2. Adjacent to Business Office’s cashier’s entrance

  3. 3rd floor’s solarium

Guests are welcomed to enjoy meals with patients in their room, in our dining room, or in our courtyard located west of the Sisters of St. Joseph Conference Room (AKA “the Chapel”).

Located west of the Sisters of St. Joseph Conference Room and perfect for eating a bite or gathering with friends and family, PCGH finished renovating its courtyard in early 2019.


Understanding Nutrition Facts


Sophie Egan, writing at the New York Times:

Serving Size: The amount of the product typically consumed at once.

Calories: The number of calories, or energy, provided by a single serving. 2,000 calories is the average daily reference amount, based on the caloric intake recommended for many average Americans. (Though the exact amount per person is based on factors like age, activity level, height, weight and other health goals.)

Percent Daily Value: The Daily Value is how much of a given nutrient you should either aim to reach (for example, dietary fiber) or keep below (like sodium). Knowing how much of that amount is in a given food can help you keep track.

Nutrients: Fats, carbohydrates, protein and cholesterol, as well as select vitamins and minerals.

With so much information being displayed in these boxes, Sophie recommends paying attention to following:

Calories: Likely, you should be aiming to eat around ~2,000 a day. 

Saturated fat: Less than 20 grams. Rather than merely trying to keep this number as low as possible, what’s most important is what you replace it with: Aim for healthy (unsaturated) fats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Trans fat: 0 grams. Trans fat is no longer “generally recognized as safe” by the F.D.A. June 18, 2018, was the deadline for manufacturers to eliminate artificial sources of trans fat from all new food products sold in the United States. (The World Health Organization called for the same worldwide by 2023.) […]

Sodium: While the Daily Value is 2,300 mg, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and others urge the government recommendation to be lowered to 1,500 mg. This is about 2/3 teaspoon of salt. Over 70 percent of our sodium intake comes from food eaten away from home (processed or prepared foods from the grocery store, or food from restaurants), so along with added sugar, this is one of the most important things to check on the Nutrition Facts panel.

Added sugar: While the Daily Value is 50 grams, the American Heart Association recommends keeping it to 25-36 grams per day.



 Calorie Calculator

This Calorie Calculator is based on the Mifflin-St Jeor Equation which calculates basal metabolic rate (BMR), and its results are based on an estimated average. The basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy expended per day at rest.

For men:
BMR = 10 × weight (kg) + 6.25 × height (cm) - 5 × age (y) + 5

For women:
BMR = 10 × weight (kg) + 6.25 × height (cm) - 5 × age (y) - 161

Note: Accurate determination of the calories you burn can only be accomplished by individual physiological testing.

Find Nutrition Facts

The nutrition label is required on most packaged foods, but sometimes it can be difficult or even impossible to find specific information in these instances. For these scenarios, Wolfram|Alpha (a computational knowledge engine or answer engine) offers powerful search results for various food.

For example, try finding specific nutrition facts for things like:

  • “Nutrition facts for ½ liter of carrot juice”

  • “Nutrition facts for a cheeseburger”

  • “Nutrition facts for 250 mL of strawberries”