Make Hospital Food Healthy

The Physicians Committee

Make Hospital Food Healthy

The Physicians Committee’s Make Hospital Food Healthy campaign urges hospitals create a healthy hospital food environment for patients, visitors, and staff by:

  • Improving patient and cafeteria menus by banning processed meats, including hot dogs, and offering more disease-fighting plant-based meals
  • Hosting restaurants that offer only healthful, low-fat, cholesterol-free meals

If you would like to improve the food environment in your local hospital, download the Heart Healthy Foods for Hospitals Toolkit. Does your local hospital host a fast-food restaurant? Check the list below.


Hospitals that Host Fast-Food Restaurants

Chick-fil-A McDonald's Wendy's

1. Baptist Medical Center | Jacksonville
2. UF Health Shands Hospital at the University of Florida | Gainesville

3. Northeast Georgia Medical Center | Gainesville
4. Piedmont Fayette Hospital | Fayetteville
5. University Hospital | Augusta

6. Saint Agnes Hospital | Baltimore

7. North Mississippi Medical Center | Tupelo
8. University of Mississippi Medical Center | Jackson

North Carolina
9. Carolinas Medical Center | Charlotte
10. Duke University Hospital Complex | Durham

11. Duncan Regional Hospital I Duncan

South Carolina
12. Greenville Memorial Hospital | Greenville
13. Medical University of South Carolina University Hospital Complex | Charleston

14. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital | Jackson

15. Texas Children's Hospital | Houston
16. Cook Children's Medical Center | Fort Worth
17. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital | Dallas
18. University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center | Houston

19. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center | Richmond

1. Naval Medical Center San Diego | San Diego

2. Broward General Medical Center |  Fort Lauderdale
3. Jackson Memorial Hospital | Miami
4. Tampa General Hospital | Tampa

5. Georgia Regents Medical Center/ Children's Hospital of Georgia | Augusta
6. Medical Center, Navicent Health | Macon
7. Northside Hospital | Atlanta

8. Mercy Medical Center | Des Moines

9. Methodist Rehabilitation Center/University of Mississippi Medical Center | Jackson

10. John Peter Smith Hospital | Fort Worth
11. Texas Children’s Hospital | Houston









1. DMC Harper University Hospital | Detroit

2. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Columbus

3. Sacred Heart Health System | Pensacola
4. UF Health Shands Hospital at the University of Florida | Gainesville

5. Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center | Richmond


Hospitals that have recently closed McDonald’s

As of August 2018

Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
McDonald’s closed 2016

Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas, McDonald’s closed 2017

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, Calif.
McDonald’s closed 2015

Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
McDonald’s closed 2015

Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas
McDonald’s closed 2015

Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
McDonald’s closed 2016

Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
McDonald’s closed 2014

Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
McDonald’s closed in 2016

Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Calif.
McDonald’s closed 2016

Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind.
McDonald’s closed 2013

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
McDonald’s closed 2012

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McDonald’s Restaurant in Ben Taub Hospital Will Remain Closed
August 22, 2018

Two Children’s Hospitals Improve Patient Menus, Remove #HazardousHotDogs
February 21, 2018

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Upgrades Patient Menu, Removes #HazardousHotDogs
September 6, 2017

Hard-Hitting Ads Criticize Fast Food at John Peter Smith Hospital
August 9, 2017

Doctors Condemn Fast Food at Navicent Medical Center
July 25, 2017

American College of Cardiology Urges Hospitals to Add Plant-Based Meals, Eliminate Processed Meats
June 26, 2017

AMA Passes Resolution: Hospitals Should Provide Plant-Based Meals and Remove Cancer-Causing Processed Meats
June 21, 2017

Billboards Confront McDonald’s at Ben Taub Hospital
April 25, 2017

University of Mississippi Medical Center Improves Menu, Drops Hot Dogs
March 7, 2017

Doctors Confront Children’s Hospitals Over #HazardousHotDogs
Feb. 7, 2017

Kosair Children’s Hospital Will Shut Down McDonald’s
Sept. 22, 2016

Grady Hospital Shuts Down Its McDonald’s
June 29, 2016

Three Billboards Confront McDonald’s at Grady Hospital
May 10, 2016



Houston Chronicle: McDonald’s at Ben Taub will not reopen after Harvey

Indianapolis Star: Riley Hospital for Children takes hot dogs off menu

WMGT-TV (NBC) Macon, Ga.: Doctors want fast food restaurant out of hospitals

The Macon Telegraph: Bus shelter ads will criticize fast food restaurant at hospital

Live Science: Doctors Want Sugar and 'Cancer-Causing' Foods Out of Hospitals

Houston Press: Houston Local Physicians Really Want McDonald's Out of Ben Taub Hospital

Houston Chronicle: Med Center fast food again draws criticism

Birmingham News: Doctors group urges Children's hospital to ditch hot dogs

Becker's Hospital Review: Ad campaign calls on children's hospitals to stop serving #HazardousHotDogs

Courier-Journal: McDonald's closing at Kosair Children's Hospital

Georgia Health News: McDonald’s at Grady closes amid complaints by doctor group


Physicians Committee Hospital Food Reports

Survey of Children’s Hospitals Reveals Hazardous Hot Dogs, 2017

Highlighting Hazardous and Healthy Hospital Food Environments, 2016

The Worst Public Hospital Food Environments, 2015

The Five Worst Heart Hospital Food Environments, 2014

The Five Worst Children’s Hospital Food Environments, 2012

The Five Worst Hospital Food Environments, 2011

Healthy Hospital Food Initiative, 2005