“We know there contract is coming up and we think we can influence them,” said spokeswoman Jeanne S. McVey. “This is our chance.”
There are 14 on-premise McDonald’s at U.S. hospitals
Grady spokeswoman Denise Simpson said the fate of the Grady McDonald’s has not been determined.
“The health system will be exploring a number of options for the current McDonald’s location in the coming weeks and months,” she said.
McDonald’s is not the only fast-food chain to raise the ire of the Physicians Committee. The group also has called on hospitals to close on-premise locations of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A.
The group in January installed billboards near Chick-fil-A’s South Fulton headquarters and above a gas station pump on Highway 54 West in Fayetteville. It asks consumers to “Eat More Chickpeas,” a twist on the chain’s “Eat mor’ chikin” campaign.
The group wants Chick-fil-A removed from Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and University Hospital in Augusta. The Physicians Committee said Chick-fil-A is in 19 U.S. hospitals.