Apple is launching medical clinics intended to offer employees and their families the ‘world’s best healthcare.’ The clinics are branded as AC Wellness, but job listings describe the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple.
While Apple is recruiting for just two clinics so far, one of them based at the Apple Park campus, a job listing states that the aim is to create ‘multiple, stunning state-of-the-art medical centers’ …
CNBC spotted the acwellness.com website, which describes the mission of the clinics to potential employees.
AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience.
This is fostered by an environment of continuous learning and teamwork, which in turn allows us to work with our patients to achieve exceptional health outcomes. The centers offer a unique concierge-like healthcare experience for employees and their dependents. Candidates must have an appreciation for the patient experience and passion for wellness and population health — integrating best clinical practices and technology in a manner that drives patient engagement.
CNBC notes that LinkedIn reveals that work on the clinics has been underway for at least five months.
A LinkedIn search reveals that at least former Stanford Health Care employees have been affiliated with AC Wellness for at least five months, although there’s no mention of Apple on the people’s profiles. Several of the job listings on Apple’s site as of February 27, however, describe AC Wellness as a “subsidiary of Apple, Inc.”
The website says that it is launching in the spring of this year.
Ten different roles are listed in the careers section of the site:
- Health Partner
- Health Partner (Behavioral Health)
- Clinical Exercise Coach
- Primary Care Physician
- Acute Care Physician
- Care Navigator (which appears to be a single point of contact for patients)
- Medical Assistant
- Nurse Coordinator
- Nurse Practitioner
Having high-quality healthcare for employees makes sense, especially when it includes the kind of preventative measures CNBC notes.
It’s far cheaper to prevent disease than treat people who are already sick. Health problems result in 69 million workers reporting missed days each year, reducing economic output by $260 billion per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Aside from the typical roles involved with a primary care clinic, Apple is also looking to hire “designers” who will help implement a program focused on preventing disease and promoting healthy behavior.
Having an on-site clinic at Apple Park will additionally mean less employee time lost to doctor’s appointments.
CNBC reports that the clinics will also be used to trial consumer offerings in the health field.
Sources said the company will leverage its medical clinics as a way to test out its growing range of health services and products, which it is starting to roll out to consumers at large.
Apple is not the only company aiming to take a more direct role in employee healthcare. Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan last month announced a partnership to create an independent non-profit organization to provide healthcare to their employees. The aim is to cut health costs and improve services for employees.