Business Makes Healthy Addition
"We are staffed by a half time physician, a full time family nurse practitioner, that's me, a full-time registered nurse and a full-time medical assistant." said Pam Sharp, a nurse practitioner.
The wellness clinic is not actually owned by Scholastic, but instead is owned by Whole Health, a vendor that operates 65 facilities like it worldwide.
"Whole Health is the one who is providing the service to Scholastic, the health care professionals are not Scholastic employees, we wanted to contract with an outside vendor in order to insure our employees understand the complete confidentiality of their health care," said Tammy Chute, director of employee services.
The clinic is open 52 hours a week and is designed to work around the schedules of the employees, so it opens at 6:30 a.m. during the week and is open on Saturdays.
"I think a great asset of this kind of clinic is the convenience of it, but it is also cost saving for the employer scholastic itself, because it cuts down on loss of work time, it gets people into see a medical provider before they have gotten so ill they have to miss several days of work," said Sharp.
The wellness clinic is just one part of a larger program scholastic is running called the live well program which encourages preventative health care.