Arizona Hospitals Open On-Site Grocery Stores For Employees

By Harry Croton
Published: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 5:05am
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Health care workers in the Valley will have easier access to food and supplies as three hospitals have converted their on-site cafeterias into grocery stores for employees.

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center are all part of the new plan to assist employees, some of whom work 12 hours or more in a shift.

The hospitals are working with local vendors to provide items that have become hard to find.

Derek Daniels is the director of food and nutrition at St. Joseph’s, whose store is open from 6:30 in the morning until 11:45 at night.

He worked with two other Dignity Health administrators on the plan.

“In the midst of this crisis for a health care provider, that's what it's all about," Daniels said. "It is demonstrating the organization's commitment to the staff itself, who is on the frontline, and helping them fulfill their basic needs.”

The stores will have fresh produce, packaged meals and home supplies. Daniels says the plan will continue throughout the pandemic.

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