McDonald's, Chicken-Fried Steak Served in Top U.S. Children's Hospitals

The Physicians Committee

McDonald's, Chicken-Fried Steak Served in Top U.S. Children's Hospitals

Shands Hospital in Florida is a top children’s hospital for heart surgery. But it has at least five fast-food outlets, and the patient menu includes artery-clogging meatloaf with gravy, according to PCRM’s new report on children’s hospitals that serve the most unhealthful foods.

The four other children’s hospitals named in PCRM’s report also host fast-food restaurants and serve young patients foods loaded with cholesterol and fat:

The Five Worst Children's Hospital Food Environments
Institution Nutrition Shocker
Shands Hospital for Children at University of Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
At least 5 fast-food outlets, including Wendy's; patient menu includes a ham-and-cheese croissant, barbecue chicken, and meatloaf with beef gravy
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tenn.
4 fast-food outlets, including Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express; cafeteria features barbecue chicken, cheesesteak wrap, and chicken-fried steak with cream gravy
St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University
St. Louis, Mo.
2 fast-food outlets, including Pizza Hut; patient menu includes sausage, bacon, ham, grilled chicken, and roast beef with gravy
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif.
McDonald's on first floor of hospital; patient menu features pizza and hot dogs
Riley Hospital for Children-Indiana University Health
Indianapolis, Ind.
McDonald's in hospital next to cafeteria; patient menu features sausage, bacon, and corn dogs



Worst Children's Hospital Food

To read the entire report, visit

PCRM Online,
February 2013