Apple will open medical clinics for its employees this spring

Apple is launching AC Wellness, a group of primary health clinics for its own employees and their families in spring 2018, reports CNBC.

The new primary care clinics will initially only serve Apple's employees in Santa Clara County in California, where its headquarters is located. Currently, there are only two clinics included in the venture.

Apple quietly created the website acwellness.com with details about its move to establish these health clinics and a careers page listing jobs. AC Wellness, which Apple's website calls a "subsidiary of Apple, Inc.," is seeking primary care physicians, exercise coaches, behavioral health partners, phlebotomists, nurse practitioners and care navigators, among others.

According to CNBC, a job listing for AC Wellness posted on Indeed.com describes the network of clinics as "multiple, stunning state-of-the-art medical centers."

Besides typical medical roles, Apple is also seeking "designers" for the health clinics who will help establish a program focused on prevention efforts, according to CNBC.

Sources familiar with the company's move into healthcare told CNBC the company will leverage its medical clinics as a way to test its health services and advance its Apple Watch studies.

The news comes as Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced they would partner to cut healthcare costs for their U.S. employees — and also follows Apple CEO Tim Cook's comment to investors that Apple could make a "significant contribution" in healthcare.

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