Christina Farr, Special for USA TODAY
LAS VEGAS | AUGUST 26, 2015 — Walk into Turntable Health in downtown Las Vegas and you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a trendy technology start-up rather than a doctor’s office.
Most of the patients are hip casino workers and techies in their 20s and 30s. While waiting to see the doctor, they spin records on the turntable, play video games on the Xbox or stretch out at the in-house yoga studio.
“It doesn’t feel like a funeral home, like most doctor’s offices. It’s a relaxed environment,” says William Swaney, a 31-year-old Las Vegas-based video programmer, who joined the clinic about nine months ago.
Turntable Health is no ordinary primary care clinic. The idea stemmed from a conversation between Tony Hsieh, CEO of the online shoes and clothing emporium Zappos.com, and Stanford University-trained physician Zubin Damania.
In 2012, Hsieh formally recruited Damania to head up healthcare development for his “Downtown Project,” a $350 million plan to create a hub of technology and the arts in Las Vegas, a city known for casinos and tourism. About $50 million of the fund was earmarked for health and education initiatives, such as Turntable Health.