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November 6, 2013

Shaw opens full-service medical clinic

From family medicine to physical therapy to diet advice, for many Shaw Industries employees it’s all waiting just a few steps from their workplace.

Shaw held a ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon for the Shaw Family Health Center, a full-service clinic at 2659 Abutment Road, which provides health services to Shaw employees and any of their dependents covered by the company’s health plan. The clinic began seeing patients late last month.

“People wonder why we are doing this,” Shaw CEO Vance Bell said. “Well, in a rapidly changing health care market we want to make sure that our Shaw associates and their family members continue to have access to quality primary medical care.”

Located on the south end of Whitfield County, the health center is surrounded by several Shaw plants and is within a quick driving distance not only of much of Whitfield County but of Murray and Gordon counties as well. Shaw said they chose the site because it would be convenient for their employees and their family members.

Operated by QuadMed, a national company specializing in operating corporate health clinics, the 10,000 square-foot center offers a full spectrum of care, including routine physicals, immunizations, physical therapy lab work and wellness screenings.

The 18-person, full-time clinic includes one physician, three nurse practitioners, a physical therapist, a registered dietitian and a diabetes educator.

“We also wanted to focus on positive wellness outcomes and positive quality of life outcomes,” Bell said.

Dr. Devin Handley said he and the rest of the staff are excited about the team approach to keeping people healthy that the center embraces.

“We just keep asking ourselves ‘Is this really happening?’” he said. “I know this is something that I have been looking for a long time.”

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