As health center programs and their ROI have gained momentum and popularity, so too has the desire of companies of all sizes to reap the benefits of cost savings. However, many companies still assume that onsite centers aren’t a viable solution for medium-sized organizations. They fear that they lack the funds to support such a benefit or that their employee population isn’t large enough to see a significant return on value.
Healthstat has firsthand experience to say this isn’t the case. The fact is that a health center can be viable (and valuable) for both medium- and large-size companies…as long as your health center vendor is ready to scale with you. And what’s more: employees are begging for a healthcare benefits plan that works for them, regardless of company size.
Curious to see what a worksite health center may look like for you? Check out Healthstat’s scalable options below and consider what fits best with your organizational needs.
The most well-known option for a company to provide an employee health center is to host it on the premises. Implemented inside the physical plant or office space, this concept offers one or more medical and wellness services delivered by licensed providers to all eligible employees.
Originally, services were more occupational in nature, treating minor injuries and serving workplace health and safety needs. However, onsite centers have since expanded into personal health care, distinct from occupational health and safety. With the same assurance of privacy as any community-based provider, these onsite centers can provide many more services.
Due to this wide range of services (first aid, occupational health, acute, primary, specialty, condition management, wellness and ancillary services), you might also hear these clinics referred to as “health and wellness centers.”
Sometimes, companies don’t feel large enough to host a center in house. There are options for this situation as well.
The nearsite center is located relatively close to the employer’s location and can be visited by employees, just as if it were onsite. These centers can be as comprehensive as a traditional onsite center, or they can be scaled down to better fit with employee and company needs. And often, their placement can be a short drive from the office or worksite, saving employees a commute across town or a lunch break spent in traffic.
This option is often best for companies who have limited real estate or who plan to offer a specific range of healthcare services to their employees.
Lastly, as the name suggests, shared centers are typically shared by multiple employers, both in terms of office hours and cost.
Though similar, this model differs from the nearsite clinic model as it houses healthcare solutions for 2-4 partners. By splitting the start-up and operating costs with partners, medium-sized employers are able to offer the same convenient, barrier-free care to their employees at a significantly reduced cost.
Additionally, by multiple employers sharing resources, they are able to offer a center that is open more hours per week than if they implemented an onsite or nearsite center. For example, an organization with 500 employees might only be able to implement a center part-time, but by sharing with other organizations, they are able to offer a full-time center.
The result of the care in a shared center is exactly the same as an onsite center, but with significantly less financial obligation. We tend to see this model with employers of about 500-1,500 employees that want to offer an extended range of services that add value through both ROI and employee satisfaction and productivity.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Healthstat's health centers scale to your specific needs, contact us! We would be happy to get you in touch with companies of various sizes who have used these programs to great success.