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The health system aims to address health care costs, employee health and productivity
Minneapolis-based health system Fairview Health Services is bringing its health care expertise directly to employers through a new portfolio of workplace health and wellness services. Developed in partnership with top local employers, Fairview Employer Solutions aims to help organizations manage escalating health care costs and improve their employees’ health and productivity.
“Demand is growing for access to care in new and convenient ways. We’re thinking beyond our large network of hospitals and clinics about how we can deliver health care directly to workplaces,” said Rene’ Coult-Calendine, Fairview’s vice president of market and product development. “Minnesota employees are our patients, so we’ve heard directly from the source the kinds of services they want and how they want them. Now we’re using that insight to help employers offer in-demand, cost-effective services to their employees.”
Fairview Employer Solutions’ customizable offerings include onsite clinics, a virtual care platform, employee assistance programs, customized sleep health services, and comprehensive one-day executive physicals through University of Minnesota Health. Fairview plans to roll out additional services to employers in the coming months.
“Our goal is to give companies the tools to help their employees lead healthier lifestyles and reduce their health risks,” said Coult-Calendine. “When we remove barriers to care and make it easy, affordable and convenient for employees to manage their health, we lower costs for everyone involved.”
Large employers expect to pay nearly $10,000 per employee for health insurance benefits in 2018—a 5 percent increase over last year—according to a study by National Business Group on Health. Recognizing that addressing health care costs is a critical need, Fairview saw an opportunity to leverage its own insights and experiences as both a large employer and health care provider to help other employers.
Workplace health and wellness programs such as those offered through Fairview Employer Solutions can also be a powerful tool in creating, recruiting and retaining a more engaged and productive workforce—which can further impact an employer’s bottom line.
Fairview developed Employer Solutions in partnership with leading local employers, including locally based Fortune 500 companies.
“We’re listening to what employers want, what our patients want and what our own employees want, and that’s really how this portfolio of services came together,” said Coult-Calendine. “Employers today are looking for credibility in the health care services they offer their employees, and as a trusted comprehensive health system, that’s what Fairview offers—expertise, experience and high-quality care.”
About Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services (fairview.org) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit health system driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives. Founded in 1906, Fairview provides exceptional care to patients and communities as one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in Minnesota. Through a close relationship with the University of Minnesota, Fairview offers access to breakthrough medical research and specialty expertise as part of a continuum of care that reaches all ages and health needs.
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