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Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

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Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

However, this stereotype may be soon thrown out like last week's leftovers. Thursday on Up to Date, KCUR health reporter Elana Gordon talks about one hospital's struggle with McDonalds in their lobby. Plus, dietician  Bill Barkley explains how Children's Mercy Hospital strives to accommodate the special dietary needs of children. Got your own hospital food stories, or have questions for our guests? Join the conversation: call 816 235 2888 during the show, email uptodate@kcur.org, Tweet us @KCURUptoDate, or join KCUR's Facebook discussion.

Bill Barkley is the General Manager and Food Services Director and registered dietician at Children's Mercy Hopsital.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.