The Physicians Committee

News Release - hospital food

McDonald’s Restaurant in Ben Taub Hospital Will Remain Closed

HOUSTON—The McDonald’s restaurant in Ben Taub Hospital, which closed last year due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey, will remain closed. The McDonald’s was located in the hospital’s basement, and according to the Houston Chronicle, “Ben Taub suffered flooding in a number of basement areas Aug. 27, [2017], the day Harvey's heaviest rains fell.” Since the flooding, Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—has contacted the hospital numerous times and each time the group has been told that the McDonald’s restaurant is closed, although the cafeteria has recently reopened.

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

WASHINGTON—Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington have made patient menus more healthful by removing cancer-causing hot dogs, among other improvements.

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

Under new management, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has made its patient menu more healthful by removing cancer-causing hot dogs.

Hard-Hitting Ads Criticize Fast Food at John Peter Smith Hospital

The city’s entire fleet of 134 buses is displaying hard-hitting advertisements that mock the McDonald’s slogan and urge John Peter Smith Hospital to go #FastFoodFree.

Doctors Condemn Fast Food at Navicent Medical Center

MACON, Ga.—Five hard-hitting bus shelter advertisements near the Medical Center, Navicent Health, urge the health facility to go #FastFoodFree. There is currently a McDonald’s restaurant in Navicent’s professional building at 770 Pine Street. According to documents obtained by the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—the medical center may soon have an opportunity to change its food environment. On June 11, 2019, the medical center’s contract with McDonald’s expires.

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

The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit with 12,000 doctor members—applauds the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for releasing new recommendations that urge hospitals to improve patient menus by adding healthy plant-based options and removing processed meats, which are linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths a year.

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

The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates has adopted a resolution calling on hospitals to provide plant-based meals and remove processed meats from menus.

Billboards Confront McDonald’s at Ben Taub Hospital

Two hard-hitting billboards posted near Ben Taub Hospital’s parent company, Harris Health System, urge the hospital to go #FastFoodFree.

University of Mississippi Medical Center Improves Menu, Drops Hot Dogs

I congratulate University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, Miss., in leading the movement to prevent diet-related diseases by removing hot dogs from its menu and encouraging other children’s hospitals to do the same.

Doctors Confront Children’s Hospitals Over #HazardousHotDogs

Billboards and other advertisements scheduled to go up Feb. 6 will urge children’s hospitals in six cities to protect patients from #HazardousHotDogs. Hot dogs should not be served to patients because they are the  No. 1 choking risk for children and are linked to high risk of colon cancer.

Kosair Children’s Hospital Will Shut Down McDonald’s

WASHINGTON—Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky., will close its McDonald’s, according to the Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville.

Grady Hospital Shuts Down Its McDonald’s

ATLANTA—Grady Memorial Hospital has closed its McDonald’s, according to Georgia Health News  and other news outlets.  In May, two representatives of the nonprofit Physicians Committee testified before the Grady Hospital board of directors, urging the hospital to go fast food free.

Three Billboards Confront McDonald’s at Grady Hospital

ATLANTA—Three hard-hitting billboards posted near Grady Memorial Hospital on May 4 urge the hospital to go #FastfFoodFree. According to documents obtained by the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—Grady’s contract with McDonald’s ends on June 28, 2016. If the space in Grady’s parking garage currently occupied by the fast-food restaurant becomes vacant, the hospital could improve its food environment by expanding its offerings of heart-healthy, plant-based options.

Doctors Rank Hazardous and Healthy Hospital Food Environments

A new report reveals the most hazardous hospital food environments in the United States as well as hospitals that provide healthful meals that can prevent and even reverse chronic disease. Through state open records laws, experts with the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—obtained patient menus from 24 hospitals and analyzed the menus for the new report. The Physicians Committee also recently obtained a Chick-fil-A contract with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a McDonald’s contract with Broward General Medical Center in Florida, and a heavily redacted Wendy’s contract from Wexner Medical Center in Ohio.

Another Hospital Boots McDonald’s to Improve Patient Health

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Featured in the Physicians Committee’s 2015 Hazardous Hospital Foods Report, Ends 25-Year McDonald’s Contract.

Hospitals' Contracts with Fast Food Harm Patients' Health, Doctors Say

Pushing fast-food burgers and greasy chicken sandwiches at the hospital can turn visitors and staff into patients, while undermining patients' efforts to heal," says Cameron Wells, M.P.H., R.D