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Seton Medical Center Harker Heights adds grocery store to cafeteria for healthcare heroes

Posted at 12:19 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 01:19:38-04

HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — We all know how it feels to go to the grocery store and not find what we need.

While some of us might have the time to stop by a different store, time is of the essence for our health professionals working on the front line.

To help support healthcare workers like Registered Nurse Jayme Johnson during the coronavirus pandemic, a grocery store now fills the cafeteria at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.

"Just knowing that we can come in here, grab and go, has been really, really helpful," said Johnson, an ICU Nurse Manager.

The grocery store idea all started when an employee approached the hospital's Food and Beverage Director Jennifer Burton with a major concern.

"Every time she left work, by the time she got to the grocery store, it was bought out, so she actually asked me if she could purchase some product from here," said Burton.

That was when Burton sprang into action and contacted her corporate office to bring in the goods.

"Just thinking, if she's having that problem, I'm sure a lot of other people in healthcare are having that problem," said Burton. "So instead of them running to the grocery stores, and exposing themselves further, you know they can come down here."

She said the overall goal is bringing peace of mind and comfort to the front line.

"Keep them safe and after a long day just ease their day and show a little appreciation for what they do," said Burton.

Burton has also began selling to-go meals in the cafeteria. The meals are for families of four.