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    Kroger Makes Major Investment in The Little Clinic

    The grocer says its investment in the walk-in medical clinic provider paves the way for a major rollout.

    The Kroger Co. has made a significant investment in The Little Clinic that will support a substantial rollout of the walk-in clinic provider, to bring convenient medical clinics and consumer health solutions to stores across the country. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

    The Little Clinic currently operates 26 walk-in medical clinics inside Kroger-owned stores.

    "More and more, our customers are becoming proactive about managing their health and wellness," said Donald Becker, Kroger's e.v.p. of merchandising. "Millions of customers already rely on the professional expert counsel our pharmacists provide. Our partnership with The Little Clinic is one more way Kroger makes it easy for customers to take advantage of healthcare options inside our family of stores."

    Little Clinic locations are staffed with licensed and board certified advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and certified physician assistants. They are authorized to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as flu, bronchitis, respiratory, sinus and ear infections, as well as for minor injuries. The clinics also provide services such as physicals, back-to-school and sports exams, screenings and a number of vaccinations.

    Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Little Clinic healthcare centers are currently located in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee. The Little Clinic and all of its affiliate health care providers operate in accordance with all the applicable state and federal laws and medical standards.

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