The Little Clinic partners with University of Louisville Physicians

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has announced a collaborative affiliation with the University of Louisville Physicians’ Preventive Cardiology practice, which marks the third affiliation that The Little Clinic has formed with a medical group.

The partnership focuses on the management of hypertension for patients currently without a primary care physician. The relationship will create more convenient and affordable treatment by offering much of the ongoing monitoring for hypertension at The Little Clinic locations inside select Louisville Kroger stores.

“By partnering with University of Louisville Physicians, we’re able to assist in the identification and monitoring of hypertension, a condition that millions of Americans face, a large percentage without even knowing,” stated Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. “Because we are open seven days a week, including evenings, The Little Clinic is able to bridge the gap between scheduling healthcare appointments and competing demands with a convenient option for patients seeking care."

“Our first clinics opened in Louisville in 2003, and it’s exciting to continue to grow in this market. The communities surrounding these clinics have been great hosts, and we believe this relationship will benefit them tremendously,” Patric added. 

Locations currently offering the hypertension-monitoring program include:

  • The Little Clinic: 5533 New Cut Road, Louisville;
  • The Little Clinic: 2219 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville;
  • The Little Clinic: 234 Eastbrook Pkwy., Mt. Washington; and
  • The Little Clinic: 9440 Brownsboro Road, Louisville.

“The collaboration with The Little Clinic is a wonderful opportunity for University of Louisville Physicians to expand our reach in the community,” stated ULP cardiologist Marcus Stoddard. “We are excited to serve as a resource for hypertensive patients and offer them access to our world-class cardiologists.”

This affiliation is the third that The Little Clinic has formed with a leading medical group. The Little Clinic and the Ohio State University Medical Center developed a partnership in 2011 at its Lewis Center, Ohio, clinic and also recently signed an affiliation agreement with the University of Colorado.

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As the nation's leading

As the nation's leading retail clinic owned by a supermarket, TLC is just beginning to tap its opportunities in the field of preventive health services with this focus on hypertension. Two other major chronic diseases (obesity and diabetes) also seem natural foci, since all three involve food as a cause, cure or key for disease management.

Still, one has to wonder-- after the retail clinic industry has spent more than a decade trying to establish a sustainable economic model-- why their owners have not incorporated higher income medical services and why their owners don't see them as integrated ports of entry for the retailers' own, self-insured employees. In Kroger's case, that could bring in 300,000 new patients a year without ever having to sell the service outside the company's own base of employees.

Ron Hammerle
Chairman and CEO
Health Resources, Ltd.
Tampa, Florida