BusinessPublic Health

What Will a Whole Foods Health Clinic Look Like?

1 Mins read
whole foods healthcare!

Now in aisle 13: healthcare!

whole foods healthcare!

Now in aisle 13: healthcare!

Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey is nothing if not outspoken. Among other things he called Obama fascist. So it’s interesting that he seems to be maneuvering Whole Foods into the health care space. For a start, he’s inviting Whole Foods employees to a “Total Health Immersion” program that emphasizes weight loss. Next there may be plans in the works for employee medical clinics.

The final and most intriguing idea is to have clinics for customers as well. Of course other stores, especially pharmacies, have urgent care clinics already. These are typically staffed by nurse practitioners and overlap with primary care and emergency room services. Some supermarkets are experimenting with similar urgent care clinics, too, as extensions of in-store pharmacies. These are problematic since they are essentially inviting contagious customers into the store where they may be tempted to pick up some fresh produce on the way out, potentially infecting other shoppers!

Presumably Whole Foods would do something different. As far as I know they don’t have pharmacies, so we should not expect a pharmacy + model like a typical urgent care clinic. It sounds like the offering would be more like a diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching center. That might have a certain appeal, but it’s pretty far removed from healthcare delivery.

The “fascists” can rest easy for now.

photo credit: Whole Foods via photopin (license)

Related posts

Building Your HGH Levels for Better Health and Stronger Muscles

7 Mins read
Over the years, people have tried countless methods to grow muscles and achieve their ultimate physical goals. Using different performance enhancers and…

6 Critical Healthcare Marketing Tactics to Win Over New Patients

3 Mins read
Finding clients for a medical practice is not easy. It is even harder in 2020 than it was years ago. Changing customer…

How To Cater For Different Learning Styles When Training Employees

2 Mins read
Diversity in the workplace has become a common thing. People from all walks of life are coming together to collaborate and deliver…