Hospital vending machines go healthy

Vending machines at the Franciscan Alliance hospitals have new options, such as baked chips, pretzels, milk and more.

SCHERERVILLE, Ind.—Marci Crozier noticed something out of place at workplace meetings: doughnuts.

Crozier, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness regional director of marketing and sales, suggested to other company leaders that if they really wanted to promote wellness among employees, the breakfast pastries had to go.

In that same vein, vending machines at the Franciscan Alliance hospitals are getting a makeover, offering more healthy options and fitted with an interactive screen that displays the nutritional value of food and drinks before people buy them.