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The Little Clinic earns third accreditation from The Joint Commission

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for the third consecutive time by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards, the clinic operator announced on Monday.

The Little Clinic, which is a subsidiary of Kroger, initially earned accreditation in 2009, followed by reaccreditation in 2012 and 2015. The company is the third largest retail clinic operator with 155 locations in select Kroger, King Soopers, Fry's and JayC stores in nine states.

"As an organization, we make a daily commitment to serve our patients with the highest standards of quality and safe care. Like Kroger, our parent company, we focus on putting the customer first in everything we do by delivering stellar service and care with every patient encounter," stated Mike Stoll, CEO, The Little Clinic. "Reaccreditation by The Joint Commission further supports our dedication to consistent, on-going operational improvement."

The reaccreditation process occurs every three years. Joint Commission surveyors visited The Little Clinic corporate office and conducted unannounced site visits to many clinic locations. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in the healthcare industry, certifying and accrediting more than 20,500 other organizations, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services.

"Amidst all the changes to the healthcare industry in recent years, The Little Clinic is providing much needed, quality and customer-driven care in a convenient and affordable manner," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "The complement of The Little Clinic alongside our pharmacy teams, dieticians and wellness focus truly allows Kroger to serve as a healthcare destination within the communities we serve."
 

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The Little Clinic opens additional clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has expanded its footprint with two additional clinic locations.

On Friday, The Little Clinic celebrated the opening of its new clinic inside Kroger in Carrollton, Ga. On March 20, the company also celebrated the opening of its new clinic inside Kroger in Stone Mountain, Ga.

In addition, the clinic operator expanded its clinic location inside King Soopers in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver. Since opening in the summer of 2012, patient utilization at the clinic has continued to increase, necessitating the expansion of the clinic from one exam room to two exam rooms with a larger, more private patient waiting area, the company stated.

Founded in 2003, The Little Clinic is a subsidiary of Kroger with healthcare clinics located inside select Kroger stores in Indiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado, Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona and JayC in Indiana.
 

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Los Altos, Calif. will be home to Pharmaca location No. 30

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. – Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy earlier this week announced it will be opening its 30th store location in Los Altos, Calif., in the downtown Main Street shopping district. The public Grand Opening events at the new Los Altos location will take place on May 2 and 3.
 
Part of the company’s aggressive strategy to expand throughout the Western region, the new Los Altos Wellness & Natural Beauty store is the third location to open in 2015 and follows three store openings in 2014. Pharmaca has plans to open an additional location in Colorado mid to late 2015. 
 
“In 2000, Pharmaca opened its first store with the goal of changing how people approach health and wellness,” stated Allison Janda, VP operations at Pharmaca. “Our innovative retail concept was a first in the industry, and has thus far been incredibly well received by consumers in communities from Denver to San Francisco to Seattle and beyond. We’ve taken a great deal of time to perfect and provide a shopping experience unlike any other, and are poised for continued growth with the opening of this 30th new store.”
 
The new Pharmaca Wellness & Natural Beauty location in Los Altos will offer a broad selection of wellness essentials, natural beauty care, healthy snacks, eco-friendly household products and unique gifts. Customers can also receive free guidance and advice from Pharmaca's in-store team of licensed professionals, including naturopathic doctors, homeopaths, herbalists and nutritionists while they shop. 
 
At the store’s Natural Beauty Bar, customers can explore spa-quality makeup and skin care, enjoy beauty services such as brow waxes and lash applications, and get expert assistance from estheticians on the most appropriate products and treatments for their needs. 
 
As a values-based brand committed to supporting the local communities surrounding each store, 5% of total retail sales on Saturday will be given to Hidden Villa, a Los Altos non-profit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.
 
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