Integrating Near-Site Health Clinics into Your Existing Health and Wellness Programs

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Studies show that employee well-being is an indicator of workplace productivity. Organizations increasingly use employee health and wellness programs comprised of many initiatives to promote the workforce’s well-being. One such initiative is the integration of near-site health clinics. These clinics provide convenient access to necessary medical care without the high price tag of on-site health clinics. Let’s explore the benefits of near-site health clinics for organizations seeking to create a healthier, more engaged workforce.

Understanding Near-Site Health Clinics

Near-site health clinics offer various healthcare services conveniently located near the workplace. These health clinics are a strategic expansion of workplace wellness initiatives, providing employees with quality healthcare services and opening the door for other initiatives like flu shot clinics or health assessment clinics. These clinics offer essential healthcare services, from primary care appointments to DOT exams and drug screenings. The purpose of near-site health clinics is to encourage employees to take a proactive approach to their well-being.

Near-site health clinics utilize fewer company resources than on-site health clinics. On-site clinics utilize space within the workplace and require staffing, which can be pricey for many organizations. Near-site clinics strike a balance between accessibility and comprehensive services. These clinics are located near the work site and do not take up space within the workplace. Additionally, these clinics are staffed by trained medical professionals, providing employees access to necessary health services. Understanding the nature of near-site clinics helps organizations recognize the potential benefits of integrating these clinics into existing health and wellness programs.

Benefits of Integrating Near-Site Health Clinics

Near-site health clinics offer numerous benefits to employees and employers when integrated into existing health and wellness programs.

Improved Accessibility to Healthcare

The primary advantage of these health clinics is accessible healthcare for employees. These clinics are located near the workplace, eliminating barriers to accessing necessary health services like preventative screenings. This proximity encourages employees to seek timely medical attention, promoting preventative care and early identification. This also reduces absenteeism, as employees can seek medical care conveniently without taking a full day off. 

Increased Employee Engagement in Wellness Programs

The proximity of these clinics also encourages employee engagement in wellness initiatives. The convenience of these healthcare services allows employees to more fully participate in wellness program offerings like health screenings and vaccination clinics.  Integrating these clinics into an existing wellness program also broadens the available initiatives and provides employees with more comprehensive services. This heightened engagement not only contributes to the success of the wellness program but also to the creation of a workplace culture that values employee well-being.

Cost-Effectiveness for Both Employers and Employees

Near-site health clinics also offer many financial benefits to employers and employees. For employers, near-site health clinics contribute to a proactive approach to employee health, reducing healthcare premiums and costs associated with absenteeism. Additionally, studies show that proactive health initiatives prevent burnout, reducing turnover and hiring costs. Employees can also experience savings through reduced time away from work. These clinics encourage employees to receive prompt medical care, reducing the likelihood of developing chronic conditions. This can reduce out-of-pocket health expenses over time. 

Positive Impact on Overall Workplace Culture

Integrating near-site health clinics into your existing wellness programs contributes to developing a workplace culture centered around well-being. Employees who recognize that their employer values their health will increase their loyalty and morale, boosting productivity and employee retention. Workplaces that value employee wellness can also attract top talent, improving the company’s overall success.

Erin Davis, Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, says the following regarding employee health:

“We optimize pre-employment and annual physicals to include patient education for underlying conditions and ensure that employees are aware of risk factors that may lead to injuries in future. We also direct employees to the correct resources (ie PCP) for conditions that are recommended or required to have additional follow-up.”

Utilizing near-site clinics in your health and wellness programs is a strategic move that transforms the health of employees and contributes to your organization’s success.

Steps to Successful Integration

Before integrating near-site health clinics into your health and wellness programs, organizations should assess their employees’ needs. This study should analyze the current health needs of employees, like risk factors and chronic conditions. Additionally, organizations should assess the potential costs and savings associated with healthcare premiums, absenteeism, and productivity. A thorough workplace analysis allows organizations to make evidence-based decisions regarding near-site clinics.

Successfully integrating near-site health clinics involves creating strong partnerships with occupational health specialists and medical providers. These relationships allow organizations to find near-site clinics that meet their employees’ location and service needs. Organizations must communicate this new wellness initiative to employees once a near-site clinic has been found and the partnership has been finalized.

Employers should communicate the benefits of near-site health clinics to employees, including easy access to preventative care and improved long-term outcomes. Provide employees with information about the clinic’s services, operating hours, and how to make appointments. Clear communication fosters trust and encourages employees to engage with the new healthcare resources.

Integrating near-site health clinics into your existing health and wellness program maximizes your program’s initiatives, providing employees with easy access to essential medical care. 

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A physician-attorney with a dedication to healthcare innovation, informatics, and digital health.

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  • Trained in residency at Harvard, achieving board certification as a physician; also a licensed patent attorney with experience as FDA regulatory counsel.
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Erin Davis

 Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, certified in Adult-Gerontology (AGNP-C) and Athletic Training (ATC).

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  • Former Manager of Clinic Operations and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC).
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  • Assistant Clinical Faculty at UCSF, mentoring students in clinical rotations within the Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
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Expert in benefits design and onsite innovation with specialization in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Previous role as Executive Director for Employee Health at Novartis Services, Inc., leading health services and clinical support.
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