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Mar 27, 2016 12:23AM ● By Stacia Clinton

The Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge taken by hospitals provides a framework to improve the health of patients, communities and the environment. Hundreds of healthcare facilities and food service contractors across the U.S. have signed it to demonstrate their commitment; “First, do no harm,” and treat food and its production and distribution as preventive medicine.

The Pledge is also the foundation of the Healthier Food Challenge, one of the six focus areas of the Healthier Hospitals (HH) program within Practice Greenhealth. HH is a comprehensive, sector-wide initiative that institutes frameworks and implementation tools that can be used by every health care facility in the nation.

“Advocate Health Care’s support of the Pledge confirms our belief that healthy food plays an essential role in promoting health, well-being and healing,” says Mary Larsen, director of space management and sustainability at Advocate Health Care.

These Illinois-based facilities are committed to the Pledge or the HH Healthier Food Challenge: 

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • Advocate Condell Medical Center
  • Advocate Eureka Hospital
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital
  • Alton Memorial Hospital
  • Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Cancer Treatment Center of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Galesburg Cottage Hospital
  • Graham Hospital
  • Hopedale Medical Complex
  • Illini Community Hospital
  • KishHealth Kishwaukee Hospital
  • KishHealth Valley West Hospital
  • Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital
  • MetroSouth Medical Center
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem Glenbrook Hospital
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park Hospital
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital
  • Pana Community Hospital
  • Pinckneyville Community Hospital
  • Presence Covenant Medical Center
  • Presence Holy Family Medical Center
  • Presence Mercy Medical Center
  • Presence Resurrection Medical Center
  • Presence Saint Francis Hospital
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin
  • Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
  • Presence United Samaritans Medical Center
  • Saint Anthony's Health Center
  • Salem Township Hospital
  • Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Tenet Westlake Hospital
  • Valley West Community Hospital
  • West Suburban Medical Center


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Stacia Clinton, RD. LDN, is the national program director of the Healthy Food in Health Care Program. Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health sector worldwide without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice. For more information, call 703-860-9760 or visit