“We are proud to open our first Hy-Vee Health infusion clinic as we expand our focus toward providing trusted, high-quality care to infusion patients,” said Aaron Wiese, president of Hy-Vee, in the release. “As an independent clinic, Hy-Vee Health is an affordable, convenient and accessible option for patients who face chronic and complex conditions. Our vision for Hy-Vee Health is to provide convenient, cost-effective health solutions for patients across the United States.”
The employee-owned grocery chain, which operates 285 stores located in eight states — Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin — plans to open more clinics this year.
The clinics represent the latest investment in health care for the Midwestern grocery chain. Last month, Hy-Vee started piloting test-to-treat for COVID-19 and flu, as Retail Leader previously reported. Other health care efforts include Hy-Vee KidsFit, a free program for children created by dietitians to promote physical activity and healthy choices. It also, since 2021, has operated RedBox Rx, a subsidiary that offers telehealth and online health services. Since 2014, Hy-Vee has operated the Ambert Speciality Pharmacy chain, which has 19 locations across the U.S.
Numerous retailers across sectors have in recent months and years amped up their offerings in their health care space. Amazon last year purchased a chain of boutique health clinics, and this year began offering unlimited generic prescription delivery. Walmart is rapidly expanding its in-store health clinics.