Dignity Health hospitals open onsite grocery store for essential workers

Dignity Health's six Southern California hospitals have found an innovative solution for employees to shop for groceries safely.

In partnership with distributors including U.S. Foods the hospitals converted sections of their facilities, including part of the coffee shop at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, into a mini-mart that sells items at-cost to employees.

Essential healthcare workers may shop for groceries, including food, cleaning supplies and hygiene items, any time of the day. This is important because many of the local grocery stores have modified hours and may not be open when the workers are off from their shift.

"I am so proud of the continued dedication of the entire Northridge Hospital family and hope this program provides more time for our staff and physicians to spend at home with their families instead of venturing out to the store," said Paul Watkins, NHMC president. "The community support has been overwhelming and if we can help one another, even with simple things like groceries, we will get through this, together."

On the first day that the onsite grocery store opened at Glendale Memorial Hospital, they served more than 100 people.

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