Beach’s Good Samaritan Medical Hospital is Floridas first to offer a fully
The meals -
which are available to patients now - include items like veggie wraps and quinoa salads.
Meals such as
these are only available at a few hospitals nationwide.
which consist of fruits, vegetables, and grains, are targeted at dietary
inclusivity, and reducing health risks for patients.
hospitals Chief Executive Officer Tara McCoy made a statement citing studies
which suggest plant-based diets can 'lower the risk of heart disease, inflammatory diseases and Type 2
Quinoa salad is one of many new meals available to patients (Photo: Pixabay)
First of many
doctor who spearheaded the project, Dr. David Dodson, saw animal-based diets as
"I was on rounds one day and a patient of mine had been admitted to the
hospital with a heart attack - and he had a stent.
"I happened to be rounding at
noontime and they were serving him a cheeseburger! And I said, 'Wait a minute,
something is wrong here.’
"I think eventually all hospitals will be doing this
but somebody has to start it and I think Good Sam is the leader."