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Wholesome, nourishing and well-balanced meals are an important part of your treatment and recovery. Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg makes every effort to provide nutritious meals that are prepared according to your doctor's orders.

As soon as possible following your arrival, you will be provided with a menu from which to select your meals. If you are on a special diet prescribed by your doctor, you will receive a menu tailored to your specific needs.

Patients are served breakfast between 7:25 and 8:00 am, lunch between 11:45 am and 12:30 pm and dinner between 4:45 and 5:30 pm Your individual mealtime may vary according to your room location.

If a family member or friend would like to join you at mealtime, a guest tray may be served in your room. Please contact your nurse at least one hour in advance of the meal you would like to share with a guest. Guest trays are available for $4.50. Parents with children in Pediatrics may receive a guest tray for $3.50.

Skylight Cafe

The Skylight Cafe is open to the public from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Diners can enjoy a wide variety of local and seasonal favorites served in a comfortable, relaxed environment.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 8:30 am Monday - Friday. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and dinner is served from 4:30 to 6:30 pm daily.

Snack Bar

Doughnuts, sandwiches, chips, drinks, ice cream and candy are available in the snack bar which is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Snack Bar is located on the first floor near the main entrance. Vending Machines Vending machines and an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) are located on the first floor near the Skylight Cafe entrance and offer cold foods, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. A change machine and microwave ovens are also available.

Your Special Diet Information

If your physician has ordered a special diet for you, the name of the diet will appear on your menu.

Below is a brief description of the most common diets requested by your physician.

Bland Diet - The bland diet eliminates known irritants such as black pepper, chili pepper, alcohol and caffeine containing products like chocolate, tea and coffee.

Soft Diet - The soft diet contains foods that are soft and easy to digest. Raw fruits and vegetables are not allowed. The soft diet is used as a step between a liquid diet and regular diets.

Diabetic Diet -Limited concentrated sweets and a consistent amount of carbohydrates are provided to help control blood sugar levels as part of this diet.

Low Fat Diet - This diet includes lean meats that are baked or broiled, skim milk and low fat dressings. Fat intake is limited to between 30 to 40 grams per day.

Sodium Restricted Diets - Sodium restricted diets limit salt and/or foods that contain high levels of sodium. Your physician can specify the levels of restriction. All foods are prepared without salt, but a salt substitute can be provided.

High Fiber Diet - This follows a regular diet with the inclusion of high fiber foods such as wheat bran, wheat bread, fresh fruits and vegetables. This diet optimizes intestinal motility and prevents constipation.

Low Fiber/Low Residue Diet - A low residue diet allows 10 to 14 grams of fiber per day. This diet is common for patients experiencing difficulties with the gastro-intestinal system and the colon. Nuts, seeds, hulls or raw fruits or vegetables are not allowed as part of this plan.

Clear Liquid Diet - This is a transition diet intended for short term use by patients recovering from abdominal surgery or acute gastrointestinal disturbances. The diet includes coffee, tea, broth, gelatin and some juices.

Full Liquid Diet - The full diet is a transition from a clear liquid diet to a soft diet. It includes milk, blended soups, gelatin, juice, pudding, cooked cereals, ice cream and sherbet.

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