Monday, January 9, 2012

Junk Food: The Bane of Health and Health Providers By John W. Bluford from Hospitals and Health News

Editor's note: John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo. and immediate past chairman of the American Hospital Association, is guest blogging today.

When you journey to the safety net hospitals and clinics that serve some of the neediest Americans, you will invariably find yourself in the heart of the urban core.

Nearby you will see establishments such as liquor stores, convenience stores and fast food restaurants. But more significant is what you typically will not see: grocery stores that offer a wide variety of healthy foods at affordable prices.

This is certainly the case at the urban core campus of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO., where I am the president and CEO. TMC is one of the most crucial safety net hospitals in the Kansas City area, providing services to more than 56,000 medical home patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension and obesity.

For the full article please go here.

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