University of Colorado, King Soopers help open clinic in Stapleton grocery store

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DENVER | People who live in the Stapleton neighborhood can get physicals, lab tests and be treated for a host of illnesses in the same place they buy groceries because of a collaboration between King Soopers and the University of Colorado Health Partners.

Officials from both organizations gathered Sept. 5 to celebrate the opening of The Little Clinic, a retail health clinic inside the Stapleton King Soopers at 2810 Quebec St. staffed by nurse practitioners who can treat minor illnesses including seasonal allergies, bronchitis, flu, pink eye, swimmer’s ear and urinary infections.

The 400-square foot clinic, the newest of 13 inside King Soopers stores across the Front Range area, is open on nights and weekends and is billed as a cheaper, more convenient alternative for people who don’t have a primary care physician or health insurance and would otherwise need to be treated at an urgent care facility or an emergency room.

The foray into partnering with a retail health facility is a first for the University of Colorado Health Partners, said Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs at the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

“We know there’s a health care crisis in the United States, and two large components are high cost and timely access,” she said. “The Little Clinic concept fills such a critical role in provision of timely, convenient and affordable health care.”

Physicians from the University of Colorado Hospital and its subsidiary, A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in Stapleton, will refer patients to The Little Clinic for evening and weekend care or when a physician might not be immediately available for physicals and vaccinations, said Michael Stoll, chief executive of Tennessee-based The Little Clinic. The university physicians will also conduct quality reviews of patient charts and serve as a clinical resource for nurse practitioners, he said.

Each clinic at King Soopers costs about $100,000 to construct and supply, and is complemented with a pharmacist and nutritionist in the store. Treatments for illnesses such as swimmer’s ear, urinary infections and ear infections range in price but are typically about $80 each. The clinic accepts patients with and without health insurance, and also accepts Medicaid.

“The key is that it’s convenient for the community,” said Eileen Myers, senior director of health care alliances and health management for The Little Clinic. “(People) don’t have to go across town or make an appointment or go by somebody else’s schedule, it’s all about the convenience of the patient.”

The Little Clinic also has 13 locations inside King Soopers stores including Broomfield, Castle Rock and Centennial.

For more information, visit thelittleclinic.com.

Reach reporter Sara Castellanos at 720-449-9036 or [email protected]

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