Renovated dining options at Sierra View District Hospital

Porterville, Calif.—Amidst dozens of major hospital projects, including a new lab, cancer treatment center area, new cardiac cath lab, and new wound care center, Sierra View District Hospital officials did not forget it’s staff and visitors.

That is why they renovated the old cafeteria, making it something new and inviting — a Cafe’ with an airy fee and plenty of seating, upholstered benches and comfortable chairs.

“It’s more centralized now, with a walkway to one side, leading to the food area.

Soft Tuscan colors greet people walking into the cafe’s dining area — the dark browns and soft tans, burgundy and golds inviting, beckoning visitors and staff to sit and enjoy a few minutes, with or without a beverage or meal, before returning to other hospital areas.

Large window walls line two sides of the cafe’ letting in sunlight on bright days. Large sun umbrellas over round tables provide for outdoor dining.

For those who want more than a simple coffee, a coffee cart near the entrance to the cafe’ offers fruit smoothies, cappuccinos, coffee espressos, and numerous frozen coffee concoctions.

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