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12 hospitals with the unhealthiest food options


A new report from the Physicians Committee — a nonprofit of 12,000 providers —identifies the most hazardous hospital food environments in the nation.

The committee obtained patient menus from 24 U.S. hospitals, analyzed the menus and then ranked the hospitals based on whether patient menus offer healthful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, cholesterol-free entrées and soy milk. Hospitals also earned points for Meatless Mondays, gardens and farmers markets, according to the committee’s report.

Hospitals lost points if they have contracts with fast food restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.

According to the report, University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson comes in last place with a score of 62 percent. The medical center hosts both a Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s.

These and the other hospitals in the committee’s report represent public and private hospitals ranging in size from dozens of beds to more than 1,000 beds. The final selection of hospitals was drawn from a list of 262 hospitals surveyed, including the 50 largest public hospitals and at least one hospital in every state.

Here are the bottom 12 hospitals and their patient food score.

Children’s Hospital of Georgia/Georgia Regents Medical Center (Augusta) – 75 percent

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City) – 74 percent

Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital – 73 percent

Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) – 72 percent

Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta) – 71 percent

Broward General Medical Center (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – 69 percent

Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital (Richmond) – 68 percent

Parkland Memorial Hospital (Dallas) – 67 percent

Ben Taub General Hospital (Houston) – 67 percent

Brookings (S.D.) Hospital – 66 percent

University Hospital (Augusta, Ga.) – 65 percent

University of Mississippi Medical Center (including menu from Batson Children’s Hospital) (Jackson) – 62 percent

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