The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has joined a small but growing trend among employers that take more aggressive roles in encouraging better employee health.
Along with partners Cerner Corp. and the University of Kansas Hospital, the Unified Government is opening a Road to Wellness Employee Health Center.
The official ribbon-cutting of the 5,000-square-foot health center will be Friday.
“Not only will this service give our employees an incentive to take more preventive health measures, but we believe it will also help the Unified Government control its health care costs,” said Mayor Mark Holland.
The center provides primary care, health education and coaching, wellness screening, vaccinations, and smoking-cessation education among its services.
The new center at 800 Ann Ave. is solely for Unified Government employees. Physicians affiliated with KU Hospital will provide oversight, and Cerner will manage the center.
Cerner vice president Mike Heckman said the company considers employment-based clinics to be important parts of the company’s aim “to make a positive impact on the overall health of our local community.” The Unified Government clinic is the eighth such facility operated by Cerner in the Kansas City area.
The new employee clinic is located about a block away from the Unified Government’s existing health department in Kansas City, Kan.