Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs at the University of Colorado, cuts ribbon at King Soopers announcing partnershipDENVER – The University of Colorado Health Partners, The Little Clinic and King Soopers announced an affiliation today that will provide consumers with more options to improve their health through improved healthcare services, access to professionals in a variety of fields such as nutrition, wellness programs and more.

“The unique collaboration among The Little Clinic, King Soopers and the University of Colorado Health Partners allows each of us to utilize our respective strengths to benefit the consumer,” said Dr. Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. “With health and wellness at the center of our focus, nurse practitioners, physicians, pharmacists, dieticians, educators and others from our organizations are unified towards a common goal of improving the health of communities on the Front Range.”

Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado and executive vice chancellor for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, added, “At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, we combine four core missions on a daily basis – education, research, clinical practice and community service. Through The Little Clinic inside King Soopers, CU Health Partners and University Physicians will be able to more directly connect with our community in neighborhoods where patients live throughout Colorado. The Little Clinic meets several essential demands in today’s health care marketplace, including convenience and access, and the University of Colorado Health Partners is proud to connect our vast network of quality health care professionals to meet these needs.”

One of the primary consumer benefits is the ability of The Little Clinic patients to access the nearby A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in Stapleton for lab work, x-rays, physicians and specialty services such as sports medicine and physical therapy. Patients at A.F. Williams can also access care at The Little Clinic for common family illnesses, minor injuries, vaccinations and other wellness services in the evenings, on weekends and when their physician is unavailable.

A consumer health event hosted by all three organizations is planned for Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stapleton King Soopers at 2810 Quebec Street. The Little Clinic opened a new location inside the Stapleton King Soopers this past July and A.F. Williams Family Medical Center is conveniently located less than one mile from the new clinic. The consumer event is open to the public and will include free screenings, giveaways and activities for children as part of the affiliation celebration.

This affiliation follows two other programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus already supported by King Soopers, including an educational grocery lab at the new Colorado Center for Health and Wellness on campus and the 5th Gear program focused on reducing childhood obesity rates.

“King Soopers is dedicated to providing value to our shoppers when they need advice on making healthier lifestyle choices with food, access to medical care and necessary medications, and so much more. With The Little Clinic and the University of Colorado Health Partners enhancing our community offering, King Soopers is proud to say that your health needs are being met in your neighborhood,” said Russ Dispense, president of King Soopers.

About King Soopers

King Soopers, Colorado’s own full-service retail grocery chain, opened the doors of its first store in June of 1947. Today the company employs more than 19,000 people and has 143 stores. The company is committed to being a good corporate citizen with a special focus on four major categories: feeding the hungry, helping children, supporting women’s health issues, participating in important civic/community events. King Soopers’ mission is to be a leader in the distribution and merchandising of food, health, personal care, and related consumable products and services. By achieving this objective, the company satisfies its responsibilities to shareowners, associates, customers, suppliers, and the communities we serve. In 2012, The Kroger Company and their family of stores were named most generous company in America by Forbes Magazine.

About The Little Clinic

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., The Little Clinic is a pioneer in customer-focused healthcare with a mission to provide convenient, affordable healthcare and wellness education. A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co, The Little Clinic healthcare clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado and Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona. The Little Clinic earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ in 2009 and obtained reaccreditation in 2012. Visit The Little Clinic online at, and

About the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is one of two campuses of the University of Colorado Denver. The Denver Campus is located in downtown Denver. The university offers more than 130 degrees and programs 13 schools and colleges and serves more than 28,000 students. For more news and information, visit the online newsroom.

(Photo: CU Vice President for Health Affairs and Executive Vice Chancellor for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Lilly Marks participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony as CU Health Partners announces a new affiliation with King Soopers and The Little Clinic.)