Guidance from Within
Safeway is a leader in creating innovative healthcare programs for our employees. We encourage people to take responsibility for personal health and provide guidance and support to help them down the path to lifelong wellness.
We created a pioneering health position within Safeway and hired our first Chief Medical Officer in 2011. Dr. Kent Bradley is a retired Army colonel and a medical doctor who leads our employee and community health and wellness efforts.
With Dr. Bradley’s guidance, we launched a $2M grant opportunity through The Safeway Foundation to help combat childhood obesity, expanded on-site health clinic capabilities in stores and increased efforts to make it easier for shoppers to make healthy food choices.
Dr. Bradley has also helped us expand our employee health incentives program. Called Healthy Measures, this program motivates employees to maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol, maintain healthy blood glucose levels, quit smoking and improve their overall health. Remarkably, our healthcare plan costs have remained nearly flat, and we have created happier, healthier employees.
Leading by Example
Our successful employee healthcare model formed the basis of a new venture we launched in 2009 called Safeway Health. Safeway Health is a separate company that applies our proven best practices to help other organizations improve their employee healthcare systems.
We also have an ongoing partnership with the Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), an independent non-profit pushing for improved quality and reduced costs in healthcare services.