Friday, November 14, 2014

1906, The Employee Store, now serving staffers

In mid-October, HR Vice President John Hursh, Director of Corporate Benefits Andy Hedgpeth and Benefits Coordinator Courtney Burlison (from left, above) cut the ribbon on 1906, the employee store now open in the tunnel at Cox South. 

CoxHealth’s new employee store, named 1906, is now open for business in the tunnel at Cox South. The store, which is named in honor of our founding year, offers a variety of necessities and convenience items designed to make life easier for staff members working busy schedules.

“We give it all for our patients when we are here and the only thing worse than battling traffic to get home once our shifts end is having to stop by the store first,” says Andy Hedgpeth, director of corporate benefits in HR. “Now you can purchase items before you go home so you can spend more time with family when you’re away from our family.”

Staff members, HR leaders and community representatives from the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce launched the store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-October.

Tracy Johnston and Thelma Alexander, who both work in EKG at Cox South, were among the employees on hand for the grand opening.

“For a long time, we had thought about how nice it would be to have an employee store,” Johnston says. “It’s nice to have the bread and milk, things that you have to stop on the way home to pick up. We’re excited about it!”

1906 offers more than 100 different products and services to employees, everything from household items to concierge services, including drop-off dry cleaning from Braden’s Dry Cleaners.

Many of the items sold in the store and online are available at a considerable discount by leveraging CoxHealth’s group purchasing power with our Mid-America Service Solutions partnership.

For project leaders, the opening of the store is the culmination of years of effort and it represents a milestone in the benefits CoxHealth provides for employees.

“So many people have played a role in the creation of 1906 and this is all for you,” Hedgpeth told the group of employees gathered at the grand opening. “1906 is an investment CoxHealth has made in you because we know how much you’ve invested in CoxHealth. It’s awesome to see.”

A convenience for CoxHealth employees 
1906, the employee store, is now open in the tunnel at Cox South. The store, located in the Engineering offices and Printing Services hallway, is open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The shelves at 1906 feature essentials such as baby items, personal hygiene products, over-the-counter medications, logowear and gift cards. Here’s a small sample of what’s in the store:

Milk (half gallon) $2.71
Eggs (dozen) $1.84
Butter $3.50
Bread $1.92
Pre-made meal (serves 4 + 2 sides): $16
Toilet paper (1 roll) $.75
Diapers (various sizes/qty.) $6-$6.50

An online portal is planned that will allow staff at other campuses to order from 1906. The store can be reached at 269-1906.