A food manufacturer based in the Midwest, with locations across the U.S., was looking to partner with an onsite healthcare vendor to enhance their employee healthcare benefits in 2020. Unfortunately, the unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic changed much of the working landscape for many essential businesses nationwide.
This manufacturer, who employs more than 2,500 people, still wanted to provide competitive and life-changing benefits. So, they began working with Healthstat to implement creative ways to delivering meaningful onsite care in lieu of a traditional health center. These solutions included onsite COVID-19 testing for employees, a return-to-work strategy spearheaded by Healthstat’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric Hart, and standardized protocols for employees presenting with COVID-19 symptoms that remained up to date with current CDC guidelines.
These protocols ensured that employees were familiar with COVID-19 symptoms and what course of action to follow if they or a loved one presented with symptoms. It also encouraged employees who tested positive or who presented with symptoms to seek appropriate care and return to work only after CDC-recommended quarantine measures had been completed. Healthstat provided the insight, medical expertise, and marketing to support these protocols from development
The Unique Problem of Super-Cool Freezers
However, the business had another problem: its super frigid food freezers made wearing face masks a danger for frostbite and other issues. So, Healthstat worked with them to develop temperature screening stations for employees who worked in these freezers to ensure those who couldn’t wear masks were supported with vigilant—and consistent—screenings.
Healthstat also developed virtual clinician counseling for employees who were sent to offsite COVID-19 testing centers. This communication channel kept employees informed, supported their safe return to work after testing was completed, and gave their employer insight into the health and welfare of their workplace population.
Looking ahead, this organization is hoping to modify their current occupational health center into a full-service primary care and COVID support center to enhance their current onsite health care offerings. Healthstat is working with them to consider expanded virtual care services, as well as a newly built onsite health center dedicated to primary care services in 2021.
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