Employer finds workplace clinics can cut costs and improve worker health
HOUSTON – At Martin Preferred Foods, a family-owned meat processing company, employees are like family.
“Caring for them like family and making sure they get the right medical care and have access to that care was critically important to us,” said Jeff Tapick, CEO of Martin Preferred. Foods.
This idea drove the relationship with Hamilton Health Box, which is a clinic that opens on business ownership.
Hamilton Health Box provides copay-free basic health care, free annual medical exams, free x-rays, free prescriptions, labs and vaccines; who has proven to be a huge asset to the company during the pandemic.
“Infections were high at factories across the country, (and) we were very lucky with Hamilton there, because we never really saw spikes in COVID infections in our employee base. And I really thank the Hamilton team who told us from the first part of the pandemic to stay away, to wear masks, ”explained Tapick.
Clinic owner Dr Toby Hamilton says he was able to keep employees at work by testing for COVID on-site and providing advice on COVID regulations. Perhaps, more importantly, for the hard workers they serve, they saved an average of $132 per month per employee.
“Employees are healthy, employers have a population that can work better, they can work longer, they can feel better when they work, and the company actually saves money doing that. You know , the irony of it all is that the company saves money by providing basic primary and preventative health care to its employees, and it’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said the Dr Hamilton.
A nurse, medical assistant or doctor meets with patients in person or through a computer screen.
Tapick found that employees discover undiagnosed illnesses as a benefit of having providers they can access without missing work. Employees, he said, have established relationships with providers and are now taking medication to treat underlying conditions.
“I think from a long-term perspective, we have a healthier employee population because of the convenience of having these Hamilton staff right here on site,” Tapick said.
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