Kroger expands new health care initiative


By Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier

Nov 22, 2019


Kroger Co. has quietly launched a new health care initiative aimed at providing customers with a broader array of services than it previously offered.


Kroger 360care is an initiative that enables “hospitals and health care networks to leverage Kroger resources to provide broader access and value-based health care for their patients,” Kroger said in a news release. It greatly expands Kroger’s health care services.


Cincinnati-based Kroger (NYSE: KR), the nation’s largest operator of traditional supermarkets, recently partnered with a Tennessee hospital and health care network to expand services to its patients and Kroger customers. Ascension Saint Thomas Health operates 97 practice sites with more than 500 physicians and advanced practitioners. Kroger has 116 pharmacies and 40 clinics in Tennessee.


The goal is to provide high-quality care at lower cost, Kroger said. The partnership greatly expands the scope of services available because Kroger customers can tap into Ascension St. Thomas’ medical professionals offering 32 specialties.


Kroger said the Tennessee partnership is an extension of its 360care initiative.


Look for more similar partnerships between Kroger and other health care networks.


“Collaborations and partnerships are key to transforming the way health care is delivered in America,” Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health, said in a news release. “Our vision at Kroger Health is to help people live healthier lives. This partnership is a great example of our vision in action.”


You might not think of Kroger as a health care provider, but it is. Kroger already operates 215 Little Clinic locations in stores in nine states, including Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. Kroger has 2,759 stores in 35 states.


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Kroger to provide 800 Thanksgiving meals


By Adrianna Hargrove, NBC 12 (VA)  

November 25, 2019


RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Kroger is partnering with Feed More on Thanksgiving day to provide meals for 800 senior and homebound neighbors in Feed More’s Meals on Wheels program.


This event is Kroger’s fifth year in a row partnering with Feed More.


Meals on Wheels volunteers will deliver Thanksgiving meals to recipients on more than 90 routes across 14 localities within Richmond and the tri-cities.


The delivery routes are usually 13 miles long and will take 55-90 minutes to complete.


$7,500 worth of donations will cover the cost of the Thanksgiving meals.


350 Feed More Meals on Wheels volunteers will also receive a $10 gift card on Monday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m through 11 a.m. The gift cards will be redeemed at Kroger Fuel Centers to help cover the cost of fuel for the routes...