kyra | July 09, 2013
This post is part of our ongoing series profiling speakers for our upcoming Health Innovation Summit.
Dr. Kent Bradley is the Chief Medical Officer at Safeway, leading the company’s wellness and healthcare efforts for their 180,000 employees. He came to Safeway in 2011 from Martin, Blanck & Associates, a healthcare services consulting firm. Dr. Bradley is a retired US Army Colonel, serving in Iraq as deputy commander over 4 hospitals and 2,500 staff.
How have you found the initiative to innovate inside a large company like Safeway?
Many people may not realize that the nature of the highly competitive retail grocery space fosters a willingness to try new things. We are constantly conducting small pilots in test markets. Our health initiative is born from a culture that values new ideas and, more importantly, the execution discipline that translates a good idea to true innovation.
How do you see health and wellness as being vital to a large company like Safeway?
There is definitely growing interest concerning how the worksite can be an overall contributor to the wellness of our nation through programs that support the effort towards a healthier lifestyle. Large companies are often self-insured and have a vested interest in reducing the healthcare cost burden through a healthier workforce, but they also understand the importance of optimal employee engagement by minimizing absenteeism and increasing presenteeism. (more…)