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Laurel Grocery Co. Debuts Employee Health Clinic

Laurel Grocery health center opening

Laurel Grocery Co., in partnership with KentuckyOne Health Primary Care, opened a new on-site health clinic today to Laurel Grocery employees and their families. The clinic is located just outside the company’s main warehouse on Highway 192 in London, Ky. The clinic is part of a new health initiative at Laurel Grocery under the name “Connected Care.”

This clinic is the first of its kind under KentuckyOne Health Primary Care and will serve as a blueprint for company-sponsored health clinics in the future.

“The onsite clinic at Laurel Grocery is the first of any company in Laurel County. Just another example how Laurel Grocery Co. cares and meets the needs of the employees and their families,” said London Mayor Troy Rudder.

KentuckyOne London President Greg Gerard added, “This is an exciting time for KentuckyOne Health; and to be chosen as the partner with Laurel Grocery is truly an honor. Laurel Grocery is certainly a leader in our community in their commitment to improving the health of their employees, and they are to be commended. Maintaining a healthy workforce is paramount for any employer, and Laurel Grocery’s investment in an on-site clinic will make a significant difference towards that effort. I am confident that this relationship will demonstrate the value of when business and medical providers partner in innovative ways. The end result will be lower costs and a healthier workforce. That is the goal for any employer.”

The goals of the program include: improve connection to primary healthcare, minimize wait times usually associated with physician visits, reduce costs for both employees and the company, and improve overall health of employees. All employees participating in the Laurel Grocery health and wellness program, as well as their spouses and children on the program, have access to the clinic.

“As a proud family-owned business for over 92 years, we are very pleased to be able to provide this progressive Health Care Program to our loyal employees and their families at Laurel Grocery,” said Laurel Grocery board member and VP Steve Chesnut.

Laurel Grocery Vice Chairman and CEO Winston Griffin said, “This building is actually an investment in our workforce. Healthcare has become such an important part of our lives that we were happy to make the investment to help our employees.”

Employees of Laurel Grocery can visit the clinic for a variety of needs, including physicals, biometric screenings, blood pressure readings, weigh-ins, drug tests, smoking cessation classes, DOT exams, treatment of common ailments as well as health education and consultation. A local doctor, nurse practitioner and health education specialist will be present at the clinic during operating hours. Services provided on-site will be free of charge to employees.

As part of the changes under the new “Connected Care” program, Laurel Grocery will be turning to an incentive-based HSA insurance program where employees are rewarded based on meeting certain health benchmarks.

Laurel Grocery is a family-owned wholesaler serving independent grocery retailers across nine states since 1922.

In the feature photo at top: Representatives from Laurel Grocery Co. and KentuckyOne Health Primary Care celebrate the debut of Laurel Grocery’s new employee health clinic in London, Ky. Pictured from left are Winston Griffin, Laurel Grocery vice chairman and CEO; David Pearson, Laurel Grocery president; Dr. Donnie Bunch, primary clinic physician; Angie Patton, health educator; and Bruce Chesnut, Laurel Grocery board chairman.

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