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Nutrition Services – Providing Patient and Guest Meals

Food Services manages all cafeteria, catering and patient meal services, offering a range of healthy, nutritious food for patients, families, visitors and medical center staff.

Executive Chef Rodney Fry has cooked at a number of fine dining and prominent restaurants and country clubs. He is continuously developing new menus and dishes to offer a wide variety of meal options at all our venues. He focuses on preparing locally sourced, plant-based, antibiotic-free, and sustainable products in our kitchens.

Patient Meals

Food and Nutrition Services provide patient meals and nutritional counseling.

UC San Diego Health – Hillcrest
Hillcrest Medical Center
Phone: 619-543-3420
  • Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
UC San Diego Health – La Jolla
Thornton Hospital and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
Phone: 858-657-6470
  • Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Lunch and dinner: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Café Services

 

Visitors are welcome to dine in our cafés, both of which are located on the first floor of their respective hospitals. Our cafés are open daily.

Arbor Café at Hillcrest Medical Center 

  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cove at Thornton Hospital (also serves Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center) 

  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m

Vending Machines

Food and beverage vending machines are located in the hospital cafés and are accessible 24 hours a day. Beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and meals microwave-ready for reheating are available for your convenience. In addition, we have added healthy items to our vending operations, including fresh fruit, a variety of yogurts, salads, beverages and healthier versions of typical snack items. Our goal is to offer alternatives to high-calorie and high-sodium convenience snacks and beverages while continuing to offer many current favorites.

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