Patients, families and staff at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health will no longer be able to eat McDonald‘s at the hospital starting next year. The McDonald’s is set to close Dec. 31.
As the IndyStar reported in September, it is one of the only dinner options for hospital patients.
The fast food burger joint will be the only place to purchase an evening meal in the state’s largest children’s hospital until a new café opens in the Simon Family Tower some time in early 2014, hospital officials say.
A few weeks ago Riley officials decided to close the hospital cafeteria each day at 2 p.m. and not re-open for dinner. Hubbard and Cravens, which sells sandwiches and salads, closes at 6 p.m.
Hospital Chief Operating Officer Russ Williams says the hospital has been working with the Partnership for a Healthier America, and they have been implementing strict dietary regulations on the offerings at the hospital.
“We really want to comply with the guidelines that the Partnership for a Healthier America sets for anything that we offer within the walls of Riley,” Williams says.
Williams says the McDonald‘s closure will not have an effect on the hospital‘s partnership with the Ronald McDonald House.
He adds that more healthier options will be available next year including a new hospital-run food service offering in the lobby of the new Simon Family Tower, called the Red Wagon Cafe.
He says there will also be a new outside food provider sometime around mid-to-late spring 2014.