University Hospital shuts down its Burger King restaurant after physician petition


University Hospital in Newark, N.J., closed a Burger King restaurant at the hospital after physicians campaigned for the change. 

Physicians petitioning for the closure argued that the restaurant offered patients food linked to conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Calls for its closure caught the attention of University Hospital CEO Shereef Elnahal, MD, who in early April confirmed the hospital would end its contract with the restaurant, according to an April 15 news release.

Other health systems have taken similar actions. In 2015, Cleveland Clinic closed a McDonald's restaurant in its food court.

University Hospital's Burger King had been operating at the hospital for 25 years.  

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