Seven Dallas-Fort Worth Medical City Healthcare hospitals have opened miniature grocery stores to help hospital staff in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

The on-site grocery stores have been set up inside Medical City Dallas, Medical City Denton, Medical City Frisco, Medical City Lewisville, Medical City McKinney, Medical City North Hills and Medical City Plano.

“We recognize the many challenges that our hard-working health care colleagues are facing right now. By offering essential groceries, we are able to provide a convenient, safe option for our teams to secure food necessities with ease, allowing them to spend more time with their families,” said Jenifer Tertel, Medical City Healthcare regional vice president of human resources. “Caring for and protecting our caregivers is an essential part of our emergency response in any situation, and I’m proud of our resourceful team for finding innovative ways to support each other.”

The grocery stores offer basic items, such as produce, bread, meat and dairy products, according to Medical City Healthcare officials. Hospital employees can purchase the groceries at cost or by using payroll deductions.

Anya Sears, laboratory services manager at Medical City Lewisville, said being able to get her grocery shopping done before she leaves work has helped her through a stressful time.

“It's been great to be able to get fresh vegetables at work because a lot of times when we get off work and go to store, produce is limited,” Sears said. “It helps to keep employees safe, too. Because a lot of times the grocery stores are a madhouse, and at times you see people who aren’t social distancing. So for us, it's another way of our facility caring like family for us as well as keeping us safe so we can keep taking care of patients.”