NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has announced that it has earned reaccreditation from the Joint Commission by continuing to demonstrate compliance with the highest national standards for healthcare safety and quality of care.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger, The Little Clinic initially earned accreditation and the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval in 2009 and is only the second retail healthcare provider to receive reaccreditation from the Joint Commission.
The company is the third-largest retail clinic operator with 80 locations in select Kroger, King Soopers and Fry’s stores in six states.
“As an organization, we make a daily commitment to serve our patients with the highest standards of quality care,” stated Mike Stoll, CEO of The Little Clinic. “Reaccreditation by the Joint Commission reinforces that commitment and lets our patients know that we not only talk about excellence of care; we [also] deliver it.”
As a part of the system reaccreditation process, which occurs every three years, Joint Commission surveyors visited The Little Clinic’s corporate office to review the standardization of clinical operations; medical affairs, including provider credentialing and enrollment; human resources; billing practices; and information technology. In addition, surveyors conducted unannounced site visits to clinic locations to assess for consistency of operations and focus on the use of evidence-based medical practices by clinicians to ensure high-quality care and safety in the delivery of patient services.
The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in the healthcare industry, evaluating and accrediting more than 19,000 other organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and behavioral healthcare organizations in the United States.
“With healthcare costs rising and consumers increasingly taking charge of their health, what The Little Clinic provides — quality health care and wellness solutions that are both convenient and affordable — is more important now than perhaps ever before,” stated Dave Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “We are proud that The Little Clinic earned reaccreditation from the Joint Commission, which reaffirms our commitment to helping our customers live their healthiest lives.”