Access to quality medical care in rural areas of Georgia has always been a challenge. Roper Corporation’s unique onsite Wellness Medical Center provides full-service medical care to employees and their families, filling a healthcare gap that Georgia’s State Office of Rural Health (SORH) is working hard to reduce.
Roper Corporation has provided an onsite Wellness Center since 2011, which includes primary care, urgent care, occupational health services, physical therapy, onsite labs, mental health counseling, individual dietary counseling and prescription medications to its 2,000 employees and their families ages two and above. While onsite medical access for employees may not be a unique model, also serving families is unusual.
Conveniently located on Roper’s campus, Redmond Regional Medical Center manages and operates the Wellness Center. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, with appointments starting as early as 7:00 a.m. during the week. Under the direction of Dr. Randy Robinson, Redmond is dedicated to providing Roper employees and their families with expert, high-quality healthcare with a hometown feel. “We at Redmond are proud of our partnership with Roper Corporation,” said Redmond Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, John Quinlivan. “Our great Wellness Center team provides comprehensive services to keep Roper employees and their families healthy.”
“We are 2,000 people strong and make more than one million cooking products a year," said Roper Corporation President Lois Crandell. "We're a manufacturing team that believes in going beyond our walls and leading for the good of the community. We are assemblers, maintenance workers, engineers, support personnel and managers, all dedicated to making this one of the best places to work in Georgia. Taking the extra step of providing healthcare access for our employee’s entire family makes us a healthier and stronger team."
With the convenience and ease of scheduling same-day appointments, employees and their family members visited the clinic 32,360 times in 2019. Patients of the Wellness Center benefit from nutrition counseling, smoking cessation support, and chronic condition management. One of the Wellness Center’s current focus is reducing the high risk of blood pressure by increasing early intervention, conducting individual telephonic outreach and working to identify employees who are being followed by an outside provider.
"Taking care of our employees and their families, ensuring they have easy access to high-quality preventive and chronic condition care will remain a top priority for us, now more than ever before,” says Crandell.