Published 9:48 am Thursday, September 21, 2017

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Kroger and The Little Clinic have deployed board-certified nurse practitioners to Orange to provide free healthcare services to residents. Nurse practitioners are available inside the Kroger at 1600 N. 16th St. to treat minor health issues like abrasions, skin infections, sprains and strains, respiratory illnesses, dehydration, stress/anxiety and more. Providers also have the ability to assist patients with chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes and can refill prescriptions for most medications.

The Little Clinic is a retail health clinic company wholly owned by The Kroger Co. and operating inside 219 Kroger Co. stores across 10 states. Nurse practitioners from clinics nationwide are volunteering to serve Houston-area residents. The Little Clinic practitioners are set up in the Kroger Pharmacy consultation areas from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary, the providers are available to see patients Monday-Saturday, and the services are completely free.

“Kroger is fully committed to building stronger communities around each of its stores, and this is a unique circumstance in which we felt it important to bring our retail healthcare services to these communities to play a vital role in helping people rebuild their lives,” said Dr. Marc Watkins, Chief Medical Officer for The Little Clinic. “Our providers can treat many of the minor ailments and illnesses residents are battling as they rebuild, and they can also serve as a first stop for those who feel they may need more in-depth care.”

The Little Clinic’s nurse practitioners volunteering to assist is just a small part of the Kroger Co.’s response to Hurricane Harvey. The company delivered more than 2,750 truckloads of food to local stores in the seven days following the storm, and Kroger Pharmacy set up a mobile unit at the George R. Brown Convention Center that filled more than 2,100 prescriptions. More than 300 employees traveled to affected areas to support those communities, and Kroger customers, employees and vendors have donated more than $1.5 million in aid, in addition to the $100,000 grant The Kroger Foundation gave to the Houston Food Bank.

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