An on-site clinic at Ashley Furniture’s headquarters in Arcadia is reducing the company’s health care costs.
Gundersen Health System, an integrated health care organization serving counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, has been running the Ashley Wellness Center for about nine years.
“The clinic has been very successful,” said Chuck Johnson, on the regional operations team for Gundersen Health System.
He says many Ashley employees and their families go to the on-site center for most of their care, which can cover things like simple illness, injuries, treatment for hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol, as well as work-related care. It has a full lab with X-ray capabilities, and massages are being added soon.
The clinic is open about 60 hours a week, and is run by a staff of 20. All full- or part-time Ashley employees can access its services, and so can family members on the Ashley insurance plan. Some services are free, but most require a $10 co-pay.
“We see people coming in for care they wouldn’t otherwise get,” he said. “It works to the patients’ advantage, but also to the company’s advantage.”
To set fees, Gundersen estimates the cost to provide services based on utilization estimates for operational expenses. This is used to establish a fixed service fee for running the clinic. Read the full story here.