The Little Clinic earns reaccreditation from the Joint Commission
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.”
Family Dollar, McLane enter partnership
MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar is gearing up to offer its customers a broader selection of merchandise, including refrigerated and frozen food, through a strategic partnership with McLane.
Beginning in September, McLane, a provider of grocery and food service supply chain solutions, will provide a robust offering across the retailer’s more than 7,200 locations in 45 states, but will tailor the assortment to local markets. Additionally, through its partnership with McLane, Family Dollar will establish a national supply chain for refrigerated and frozen merchandise that will provide both the scale and consistent service to propel this growing segment of the business.
"We are broadening our assortment and increasing our relevancy to our customers," Family Dollar chairman and CEO Howard Levine said. "McLane’s national footprint and broad distribution network make them a great partner to support our growth initiatives."
McLane grocery president Mike Youngblood said the partnership is a "significant opportunity" for the company.
"Servicing all of the Family Dollar Stores will involve 19 of our distribution centers across the country," oungblood said. "Our nationwide reach combined with our industry-leading cold chain solution and vast SKU offerings makes this an ideal fit for both of our companies."
Q2 sales jump for Harris Teeter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Supermarket retailer Harris Teeter experienced a boost in second-quarter sales, as well as sales for the first half of fiscal year 2012, the company said.
Sales for the second quarter ended April 1, sales rose 6.7% to $1.12 billion, compared with the year-ago period, while the 26-week period experienced a sales boost of 7.6% to $2.24 billion, compared with the same period last year.
Harris Teeter said sales during the second quarter and first half of the year were driven by an increase in comparable-store sales and sales from new stores, partially offset by store closings. For instance, second-quarter comps increased more than 3.9% and also rose more than 4.6% during the first half of the year.
Harris Teeter also reported an increase in second-quarter net earnings, rising from $29.9 million in second quarter 2011 to $30.3 million; while net earnings for the 26 weeks ended April 1 totaled $43.9 million, dropping from $68 million in the similar period last year. The company said despite the decline in net earnings during the first half of fiscal year 2012, Harris Teeter’s operating performance and financial position "provides the flexibility to continue with its store development program for new and replacement stores along with the remodeling and expansion of existing stores." The company said plans to continue its expansion of its existing markets, including the Washington, D.C., metro market area, which incorporates northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and coastal Delaware.
During the first half of fiscal 2012, the company opened three new stores and closed one store. Since the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2011, Harris Teeter opened six new stores and closed two stores, for a net addition of four stores. The company operated 206 stores as of the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Looking ahead, Harris Teeter said it remains cautious in its expectations, but will continue to refine its merchandising strategies to respond to the changing shopping demands.
"We are very pleased with our results for the quarter," Harris Teeter board chairman and CEO Thomas Dickson said. "Our pricing and promotional strategies continue to be effective in driving unit sales, customer visits and increasing market share. Our operating profit margin improvement for the year was driven by the reduction in our selling, general and administrative expense margin realized through the leverage created from the additional sales and our emphasis on cost controls. We believe these positive results are a result of our continuing commitment to our customers to deliver outstanding values and excellent customer service."