The City of Atlanta has opened a new, state-of-the-art, 12,000-square foot employee wellness center offering health, fitness and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services all under one roof. The new facility gives city employees a powerful resource to achieve their personal health goals.
At the clinic’s grand opening on August 9, 2017 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed explained why he championed the opening of the new clinic. He said, “I am proud to offer this new Wellness Center to the hard-working women and men who keep our city running. The City of Atlanta invests in its employees’ physical health, emotional health and financial well-being.”
Fulfilling a Promise for ‘A Healthier You’
As part of Mayor Reed’s ‘A Healthier You’ Initiative, the Atlanta Department of Human Resources partnered with Healthstat and Kaiser Permanente, two of the country’s most innovative workplace health promotion and wellness providers. Healthstat will coordinate with Morehouse Medical School and Grady Health System to provide physician leadership for the employees covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield and all other active employees. Kaiser will provide medical services for employees who have medical insurance with the Kaiser health plan. Through the collaboration of these key partners, the clinic will deliver remarkable care to all city employees. It will provide access to acute care, urgent care, health coaching and chronic condition management.
“The job of a public servant is an extremely challenging one. If we can help City employees and their families receive more convenient access to care and achieve their personal health goals, we can create a more productive workforce — all while better managing the City’s overall healthcare costs,” said Healthstat CEO Crockett Dale. “Our goal is to change lives, and we’re honored to play a role in the continued success of Mayor Reed’s ‘A Healthier You’ initiative.”
Funding the Program Through an Innovative Strategy
The City of Atlanta says the new, approximately $3 million facility was funded entirely through insurance reserve funds generated through contracts with insurance vendors, pharmacy rebates and performance guarantees. No general fund dollars were used for the project. According to 36-month projections by EPIC Brokers and Consultants, this care will allow the City of Atlanta to save $2 in health care claims costs for every $1 it invests in the program. These savings will come from the clinic’s combined ability to reduce the rising cost of health benefit plans and improve city employees’ productivity.
The Wellness Center includes a 5,000-square foot Fitness Center that will be managed by one of the nation’s leading onsite fitness management firms, Aquila Fitness Consultants. The facility will triple the number of exercise machines available to employees, and features full-service locker rooms and a juice bar. Employees will be able to take advantage of group and individual fitness training programs, lifestyle and well-being engagement programs, nutritional programs and access to fitness coaches.
Finally, Psychological Services and Employee Assistance Program (PSEAP) educational and wellness programs will be offered in the Health Center space. The City’s PSEAP offers employees access to low or no-cost counseling and other psychological well-being services.
Improving Productivity While Becoming an “Employer of Choice”
Having a health center located at work saves commute time and patient wait times are also shorter, averaging just 5 minutes. Altogether, this means city employees can maximize their access to quality health care while minimizing their time away from work. By focusing on patient health engagement, behavioral coaching and preventive care, Healthstat and its clinical partners can help City of Atlanta employees get well, stay well, and work more effectively.
The new facility will also elevate the City of Atlanta as an Employer of Choice. “Through the vision of Mayor Reed and the hard work of the Department of Human Resources, the City of Atlanta has again shown how we are the leading public employer in the metropolitan area,” said Department of Human Resources Commissioner Yvonne Cowser Yancy. “The new Wellness Center is a symbol of this Administration’s commitment to its employees and to downtown Atlanta.” Watch the video of Atlanta’s new Employee Wellness Center.