Aspen Valley Hospital in Colorado and New York-based Stony Brook University Hospital tied for the top spot in a list of hospitals with the healthiest food recently compiled by the Physicians Committee.
To create the list, the organization of 12,000 doctors surveyed 262 U.S. hospitals based on whether patient menus offered a variety of healthy options, including fruits, whole grains, vegetables and cholesterol-free entrees. Bonus points were earned for healthy programs, gardens and farmers markets, while points were deducted for having contracts with fast food restaurants, according to a release.
Aspen Valley offers healthful entrees daily and participates in Meatless Monday, while Stony Brook has a 2,242-square-foot organic rooftop garden that supplies vegetables and herbs for patient meals.
The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Westchester Medical Center in New York tied for second place, while Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center took third.
St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Idaho claimed fourth place, while EvergreenHealth Monroe in Washington, Memorial University Medical Center in Georgia and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., all tied for fifth.