Organization Asks JPS Hospital Not To Renew McDonald’s Lease – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – There is a food fight at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth over an on-site McDonald’s restaurant.
A national medical organization has filed a complaint that McDonald’s has no place in a hospital. This is because the lease of the popular fast food restaurant needs to be renewed.
Leslie Rudloff is an attorney with the Washington, DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
“My organization focuses on preventive medicine and good nutrition,” said Rudloff. “You have a better chance of avoiding diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These are many of the things that hit Americans. “
JPS confirmed that the current lease for McDonald’s will expire in August. It has been in force since 2013.
The medical group filed a complaint, saying, “JPS could work with a provider that offers tasty, affordable plant-based meals that people can use to prevent and even reverse diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.”
Diana Brodeur, vice president of communications at JPS, said in a statement, “The franchisee has expanded the menu to offer a selection of healthy options not available in other locations. The hospital’s cafeteria, open to team members and all visitors, offers a variety of healthy foods. “
The board of directors will vote on extending the restaurant’s lease at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. Regardless of the outcome, Rudloff says the organization will continue its campaign for healthier food choices.