St. Luke’s Health System plans to open its first “convenient care” clinic at a Hy-Vee Grocery store in the Kansas City area, and the Kansas City-based health care provider could open another of the clinics before the end of the year.
Robert Bonney, senior vice president of non-acute services and business development for the hospital system, points out that grocery stores generate healthy foot traffic and already often have pharmacies on premises. Those factors, coupled with Hy-Vee’s focus on health and wellness and customers’ increasing demand for convenient, low-cost health care, drove St. Luke’s decision, Bonney said.
St. Luke’s will staff the clinic with an advanced nurse practitioner. It expects the facility to serve up to 35 patients per day.