June 17, Nolato Contour opened the doors to the on campus Be Well Clinic. This clinic powered by Activate Healthcare is open to employees from Nolato Contour, OEM, Vital Plastics and the Baldwin-Woodville School District for many various health care needs and services.
“The goal is to build relationships with patients and bring back ‘old fashioned’ medicine,” says Nurse Practitioner Jamie Edwards, “when the patient and clinician have a relationship, we can work to figure out the root of the problem so we can work strongly on prevention and keeping people well, which means they’re happy at home, and at work and everything works together.”
The Be Well clinic is capable of providing many services to employees of the mentioned businesses free of charge including labs, medications, and disease management. ‘Acute’ visits to the clinic such as cough or cold and other sick visits are available for a small co-pay as well. This clinic works to reach those working without healthcare coverage and make it affordable to receive the care they need. This is a big reason why Edwards decided to work at Be Well.
“I worked for a larger healthcare system,” she said, “I found that the cheapest my patients could come to see me for a sick visit was for $190 dollars. And I might be doing 10 minutes with them. I had this moment where I thought, ‘my goodness, that is not okay’ and so I began my own search in looking for ways that I could provide healthcare services to people without putting them into poverty.”
The Be Well Clinic is the first Activate Healthcare clinic to open its doors in Wisconsin. While there are other healthcare providers that follow a similar program to Activate, the opportunities for those employees that can use the Be Well clinic are the first of their kind in the Baldwin community. One of the benefits of using this clinic is that it is not an “all or nothing” scenario as Edwards says.
“If somebody wanted to continue their primary care somewhere else that’s fine,” she says, “but more than likely they’ll have a big lab bill. But if they wanted to get the orders from somebody else and bring them to us, we can just draw their labs for them and send their results directly to their primary care provider. So, by acting as a lab, we can save people a ton of money.”
This is just one example of the benefits that the Be Well Clinic has to offer. Current hours of operation are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are currently looking for someone to fill staffing hours later into the evening on Thursdays as well.
“The model is just better,” said Edwards, “if you call one of the larger systems you often wait on hold. Then you show up to your appointment and your clinician is an hour behind because their schedules are so full. This model is not designed to treat people that way.”