Two California hospitals provide hotel-like dining experience

The new foodservice programs allow patients to have meals delivered to their rooms and provides more flexibility of meal offerings.

TERRENCE, Calif.—Two Torrance hospitals have made a medical stay sound appetizing.

Napa Valley glazed salmon, beef tenderloin filet, parmesan-crusted chicken, build-your-own omelettes, meals prepared to order and delivered to your room soon after you order them.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance has set out to give its patients a hotel-like experience.

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