Seeing the doctor is now much easier and cost effective for employees in the Granite School District.
“This is kind of an innovative approach to how we take care of our employees,” said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesperson.
On Monday, the district opened the new Granite Employee Wellness Center in West Valley City.
It’s located on the north side of the campus of Valley Junior High School.
It’s the first of its kind for the state.
“A lot of larger corporations– to stem against the rising costs of healthcare instead of contracting those services out to outside insurance companies– are bringing those costs inside,” said Horsley.
Granite School District is taking a similar approach by providing the facility.
Services will be provided by doctors, nurses and staff from a company called Premise Health.
“Roughly, 80% of the services that they do stand in need of– they can come to this facility at no cost, and receive the drugs and prescriptions necessary.”
That includes primary and urgent care visits as well as wellness coaching and lab work.
The opening also means savings for the district.
“The back end cost to the school district, for just that strep test again a $10 strep test can be several hundred dollars to our system,” said Horsley.
The district says the center’s opening is all in an effort to treat the overall wellness of its employees.
By providing the facility and a competitive salary, the district believes it can make Granite a destination school district for employees.