How to turn your family medicine clinic into a business that makes money?
That’s the question asked of the Kroger Little Clinic, which opened in a former grocery store on Sunday.
Kroger Little’s owner, Mark McBride, says the family doctor business was born out of the frustration of having his family medicine practice shut down because of a financial crisis.
“I have two kids, two boys, and I want them to grow up and succeed in life,” he said.
I’m a dad, I have kids of my own, and there’s no way I could afford to give them the same kind of healthcare that they need.
So I started the business, which is now in its third year, because I wanted to make sure I was getting the best care possible.
“McBride says he was initially skeptical about opening his business, but that he soon came to appreciate the value of family medicine.
I got to work with him for a little while and that’s when I realised that I wanted my own family medicine office.” “
[He] told me he was going to do what he had to do and he wanted to work in the family practice business,” McBride said.
“I got to work with him for a little while and that’s when I realised that I wanted my own family medicine office.”
In order to open the Little Clinic with a little bit more money, McBride had to find a bigger building, and he chose the building where he currently works.
He said he also had to secure some additional funding for his family doctors because of the recession.
McBrands family medicine practices have become a growing part of the community, but he says he’s still finding it difficult to find qualified family doctors in Winnipeg.
So, he turned to his own physician, Dr. Paul Crouse, to help with his business.
Crouse has worked at the Little Clinics for nearly 15 years and has seen patients from across the city, including some who are now seeking out family medicine services for themselves.
Now, the Little clinic is opening a new branch in the North End, located in the former Kroger store at 1017 Broadway, in an attempt to attract a younger demographic.
When the Krogers closed, Crouse said the family doctors were not available, and the clinic was left without a place to go.
But with the Little clinics presence on Broadway, the business has gained momentum, he added.
The Little Clinic also is looking to expand into the community of surrounding areas, but McBride says there’s still a lot of work ahead.
At this point, the company is still looking for a building for its current location, and is working with the city to make that happen.
And with the growing number of people seeking to take advantage of family medical services, the store may have to close up shop for good.