Giorgio, Penn State Health St. Joseph Announce Mobile Health Initiative
Mobile healthcare vehicle provides medical care at 5 Giorgio worksites as company seeks ways to promote health, manage healthcare costs
Giorgio Group of Companies has entered into a partnership with Penn State Health St. Joseph for a “doctor’s office on wheels” to provide weekly primary health care services onsite at five Giorgio facilities. The program is part of Giorgio’s larger effort to ensure its employees are maintaining good health, and to create a culture of wellness by providing convenient access to medical care.
St. Joseph’s health outreach initiative with Giorgio comes in the form of a renovated, specially-marked and fully equipped 32-foot mobile healthcare vehicle called Health One. The unit is situated at a different Giorgio work site four days a week offering primary medical care services to employees who have pre-scheduled appointments.
Giorgio leadership’s search for a work site health option began after listening to its employees and understanding the challenges they face in maintaining good health. It became apparent that the constant demands of home and work prevent many from taking the necessary time needed to maintain good health.
“By providing easy access to our employees we could offer them the ability to maintain good health and reduce the risk of more chronic health issues in the future,” says Gina Delillo, Vice President, Giorgi Companies and Director of Human Resources. “Additionally, our health data showed that the majority of our employees do not take advantage of the yearly and age related physicals that are offered by our (benefits) plan.”
Delillo also noted that it was important to the company that employees “take the necessary steps in establishing a primary doctor.
“Primary doctors are ‘crucial’ in maintaining good health for the future,” she explained.
Delillo explains that Penn State Health St. Joseph bills directly to Giorgio’s insurance provider as well as any insurance provider that its employees may have. She notes this makes the mobile solution even more easy and convenient.
She believes that the mobile outreach will reduce Giorgio’s overall health care cost as it will “allow us to manage chronic conditions, and enable us to discover issues earlier and provide the necessary treatment to our employees.”
She also hopes to see “improved retention and recruitment as current and future employees see our commitment to invest in their health and well-being.”
From St. Joseph’s perspective, the mobile clinic is part of the larger plan to partner with the business community. Ideas such as Mobile Integrated Healthcare make care more accessible and also lower the cost of healthcare by offering earlier intervention.
“For some employees, our on-site clinic may provide their only regular healthcare,” explains Dr. Christopher Newman, Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Chief Medical Officer. “For workers who do have a regular provider, this will complement rather than replace those providers.”
“Further,” he said “The HealthOne Mobile Unit will build our relationships with the area employers. Many already know that St. Joseph is a quality and low cost care provider. This service reinforces our commitment to helping them manage one of their biggest business costs: health benefits expenses. We have a real solution that not only helps their workers be healthier but one that also has the potential to help them create a healthier bottom line, as well.”
Giorgio and St. Joseph emphasized that medical information required for the onsite clinic will remain confidential, and that care is provided by trained, certified professionals and that clinicians will do what is right for the employee regardless of cost.
Giorgio has plans in the future to make the services at the onsite clinic available to dependents. In addition, St. Joseph’s Occupational Health program will work with Giorgio to identify occupational health and safety risks and the solutions to mitigate them.