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Doctors Uncover Heart-Unhealthy Meals at Heart Hospitals

No cardiologist would call double bacon cheeseburgers or chicken wings heart-healthy. But a new Physicians Committee report uncovers the less-than-healthy facts about many heart hospitals. Many are serving up cholesterol-laden junk food in fast-food restaurants, cafeterias, and even on patient menus.

Physicians Committee experts investigated 775 heart hospitals for the report. The hospitals were either eligible for the U.S. News & World Report’s “Top 50 Cardiology & Heart Surgery Hospitals 2013” or hospitals with heart transplant centers. Of these, five hospitals stood out by providing an especially unhealthful food environment for patients, visitors, and employees (see chart below).

Despite the pervasiveness of junk food in hospitals, the Physicians Committee’s hospital reports are beginning to bring improvements. Two hospitals featured in the 2012 Hospital Food Report have removed junk food: McDonald’s closed at Riley Hospital for Children, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital has discontinued Dairy Queen products.

Read the Five Worst Heart Hospital Food Environments at PCRM.org/Hospital.

The Five Worst Heart Hospital Food Environments
Hospital Shocker
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Richmond, Va.
Fast Food: Wendy's, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Au Bon Pain
Cafeteria: Pork Cutlet
Patient Menu: Roast Beef
Greenville Memorial Hospital with Heart and Vascular Institute
Greenville, S.C.
Fast Food: Chick-fil-A, Subway, Au Bon Pain, and Starbucks
Cafeteria: Cajun Pork
Patient Menu: Hot Dogs
Broward General Medical Center with Heart Center of Excellence
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fast Food: McDonald's, Subway, and Starbucks
Cafeteria: Double Bacon Cheeseburger
Patient Menu: Grilled Ham and Swiss
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, Fla.
Fast Food: McDonald's and Starbucks
Cafeteria: Pork Loin
Patient Menu: Hamburger
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
Jackson, Tenn.
McDonald's in hospital next to cafeteria; patient menu features sausage, bacon, and corn dogs


Read the Five Worst Heart Hospital Food Environments full report >


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