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A ribbon-cutting ceremony this week highlights a new partnership between Tri State Community Clinics and the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County. The ceremony opens a new employee health clinic for the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County, said Dr. Todd Camp, Superintendent of MSD of North Posey County.
More than 150 employees of the MSD of North Posey County and their family members gain access to workplace health care today at the new clinic, located at the corner of highways 66 and 165 in Wadesville, Ind.
“Right off the bat, our clinic will serve anyone who takes medical insurance through the MSD of North Posey, including staff and retirees,” said Dr. Camp.
“North Posey has had many insurance increases over the past two or three years, so we created a wellness committee to see how we could improve our situation,” Dr. Camp explained.
This committee resulted in partnership with Tri State Community Clinics, an Evansville-based organization that provides health and wellness services to local industry since 2010.
North Posey’s clinic, housed in a newly-remodeled building in Wadesville, has approximately 1,000 square feet and features two examination rooms and an intake room. North Posey employees and family members can take advantage of the clinic on Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 to 11 a.m., and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
“We are confident that the availability of the clinic will improve the health and fitness of our employees,” said Dr. Camp. “In turn, better employee health can decrease absenteeism and improve productivity. This, in turn, gives our students a better education and also ultimately reduces our medical expenses.”
Clinics provide medical personnel who serve as coaches and health advocates for employees and family members, said R. Chad Perkins, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for the Clinics. Dr. Perkins is a longtime Evansville physician who maintains a traditional practice in Evansville and directs Clinic medical activities.
“Employees and family members typically use the Clinics for simple illnesses, strains and sprains, smoking cessation, weight loss and diabetic counseling, and sports physicals,” said Dr. Perkins.
“The Clinics by no means replace traditional physicians,” said Dr. Perkins, “However, when services are readily available, people are more likely to take more time to focus on personal health issues.”
Easy access to medical services encourages more careful monitoring of typical health markers, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar, Dr. Perkins added.
Lisa Gish, RN, MHA, TSCC’s Director of Operations, said substantial savings of resources and time benefits employee and employer in other area clinic partnerships.
“Providing affordable, accessible care and wellness for employees translates to lower costs and improved productivity for employers,” Gish added.
“Our Clinic partners tell us all the time about success stories, particularly in improved employee health and morale,” said Gish.
“Our partnerships with industry offer great potential for making a lasting positive difference in the health of our Tri-State region, she said.
In addition to the new partnership with MSD of North Posey County, TSCC manages workplace clinics for Evansville ARC, FLANDERS, Elmer Buchta Trucking, A&A Metal Products, Anchor Industries, and Omni Plastics.
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