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Henry County officials and employees cut the ribbon on the new wellness center.

Henry County and Healthstat recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the grand opening of the Henry Cares Employee Wellness Center, a new onsite health clinic to provide easily accessible health care with no out-of-pocket cost to its full-time and part-time employees. All employees will now have access to chronic disease management services, episodic care and an onsite dispensary for many of the most commonly prescribed medications.

County Manager Cheri Hobson-Matthews, who spearheaded the efforts to bring the clinic to the county for employees, thanked the Board of Commissioners for their support, along with staff and the Healthstat team. Matthews and several county officials spent the better part of a year researching and visiting similar clinics to ensure the best fit for the county. She said not only will the clinic be a great benefit for employees, but over time she expects it will reduce claims, thus reducing ever-increasing healthcare costs.

“The name speaks for itself, Henry Cares, because we truly care about our employees,” said Matthews. “This Wellness Center is going to be a benefit not only to our employees, but also to the taxpayers by reducing some of our claims and reducing our premiums. I want to thank our Commissioners for their support and Team Henry staff members. I also want to thank the Healthstat team for coming on board, making the process an easy one for our entire team, and most importantly, I want to thank our Facilities Maintenance team for making this happen. They came in and took this space and turned it into a jewel.”

Henry County Commission Chair June Wood said she is grateful to staff for making the Employee Wellness Center happen and looks forward to the benefits it will bring to the employees and the county.

“The county management team has worked very hard to open up this wellness facility and it is a great investment for our employees and our citizens,” said Wood. “We look forward to the benefit of healthier employees and down the road hopefully our premiums will go down and claims will go down, making this something that is in the best interest of everyone.”

The Henry Cares Wellness Center will provide employees with an evidence-based care model that focuses on preventive health care as well as behavior modification programs to provide convenient access to care for improving employee wellness and productivity. Full-time and part-time employees will benefit from educational programs for managing their health. The clinic also includes lab services and prescription dispensing, and is supported by Healthstat providers including a family nurse practitioner and a medical office assistant.

The partnership will also include a healthcare strategy and planning guidance to meet workforce and budget goals, enabling Henry County to reduce overall health plan costs and absenteeism and engage county employees to participate in proactive preventive healthcare to increase productivity and quality of life.

“We’re thrilled to play a role in Henry County’s journey toward better health,” said Crockett Dale, CEO, Healthstat, Inc. “Giving employers and providers the keys to engaging their populations in preventive ways, rather than reacting to disease and illness, is fundamental to helping populations make lasting changes and adopt healthier habits that are sustainable in the long run.”