Our local grocery recently installed an acute care clinic inside the store, ironically located next to the health foods aisle. This has made me crazy.

What is an acute care clinic? A magnet for parents with sick kids. Why is the clinic in the store? So the parents will “pick up a few things” while they are there anyway — meaning that sick kids will have ample opportunities to spread their germs all over the food I am buying.

I believe that health care should be delivered in clinics and not in grocery stores.  Bakeries, delis, meat counters are all food-related, but the acute care does not belong.

Consider whether your organization has strayed too far from its core purpose. Are you considering expansion just for economics without considering the downside? Are you spreading germs as you spread yourself too thin?  Don’t get sick in an attempt to make your bottom line healthy.




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