Apple is launching a brand new endeavor: healthcare clinics for Apple employees. Called AC Wellness, the stand-alone medical center will be opening any time now (the site says simply “Spring 2018”).
As Apple explains on the site, “AC Wellness is an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population.”
However, aside from their [Page no longer available – we have linked to the archive.org version instead], very little is known about this new foray into the healthcare field.
So why would Apple head in this new direction?
They’re not saying, so it could be a bit of altruism, or it could be one more way to keep their employees on campus, or a way to keep employees, period.
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Apple is not the first Silicon Valley megacorp to offer this sort of benefit for their employees. Google, for example, has had a similar program, including doctors, nurses, and a clinic in some locations, for years.
Moreover, while it may seem it, this wasn’t sudden, the domain ACWellness.com was purchased back in 2004, suggesting that they had this in the works for at least that long.
One thing is for sure: they are almost certain to have all the cool, state-of-the-art medical gadgets. “AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience,” says their About page.
So far it’s not clear what the ‘AC’ stands for although we’re betting either “Apple Care” or “Apple Corp.”
Have you availed yourself of the services at a corporate clinic? If so how was your experience?
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