LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- When Jason Linder started having knee pain he decided to make an appointment at the Kwik Trip Center for Health, a new clinic available to Kwik Trip employees.
"The wait time is really good," said Jason Linder, a Kwik Trip Employee. "I can get in any time I want. And it's more convenient, the hours are better."
Linder says it also helps that his wife and six kids have access to the clinic's acute care and wellness services.
In the month since the center for health opened, the clinic's been busy handing out flu shots, providing check ups and helping people prepare for successful new year's resolutions.
"Free of charge here to the Kwik Trip coworkers is that preventative service of lifestyle management," Angie Hammond, the RN/Health Coach and Clinic Site Supervisor. "So someone coming in, wanting to lose 10 lbs or 20 lbs, we don't say hey lose 10 lbs, see you back in a year. We say we will help you lose 10 to 20 lbs, let's figure out what we can do best as a plan and come back every two weeks to four weeks and really make that a successful atmosphere."
The idea is to not only provide care for the 3000 La Crosse area workers right on the Kwik Trip campus, but to ultimately reduce the company's healthcare costs with more accessible preventative care.
"This will benefit Kwik Trip and specifically our coworkers," said John McHugh, head of Kwik Trip Corporate Communications. "We're self insured here at Kwik Trip and 40 percent of the pre-tax profits that we make come back to the coworkers. So if we can provide healthcare more cost effectively here for our coworkers, they're the beneficiaries in the long run."
Over the next year, Kwik Trip will collect data on the success of the center for health.
"What is your ER visits now versus what the were before? What were some of your hospitalization stays? how many encounters? How many well visits?" Hammond said. "So it's a lot of data."
And in the future Kwik Trip may expand the clinic too to other parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, where the convince stores are located.
"I like it," Linder said. "It's really personable and they're pretty in-depth with what they tell you and you spend a lot of time with the doctors if need be. I've never worked for a company that offered an actual clinic where you didn't have to go to the big hospitals."
The Kwik Trip Center for Health building is owned by Kwik Trip but staffed by a doctor and nurses from Marathon Health for Life. Hammond says having staff from an outside company ensures even more privacy for the Kwik Trip employees.
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