Reporting Steve Tawa
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By Steve Tawa
The operator of 10 ShopRite supermarkets in the Philadelphia region has installed a health clinic at its recently renovated Cheltenham location. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in a grocery store.
Jeff Brown, president and CEO of Brown’s Superstores, says the clinic will provide convenient and affordable care for both basic and preventative health care needs of customers.
“We will have counselors sit down with them and help them electronically apply for all of the entitlements that exist, for those people that need that help,” Brown said today.
That includes applying for SNAP food benefits, CHIP benefits for uninsured children, Medicare, Medicaid, and LIHEAP.
“I really wanted to do something that got us into the community, where people live,” said Mary Beth Kingston (far right), chief nurse executive at Einstein Healthcare Network, which will staff the clinic, “(so) we could focus more on prevention and counseling and all of those good things.”
Brown wants to roll out similar clinics at other ShopRite stores, and is even offering to help his competitors do the same.