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March 14, 2013

Shaw to offer health care in house

Company plans full-service medical clinic

Before the end of 2013, Shaw Industries workers and their dependents will have a new choice in health care. The company plans to open the Shaw Family Health Center, a full-service medical clinic, at 2659 Abutment Road.

“The health center will be available to all associates and their dependents covered under Shaw’s medical benefit plans,” said Paul Richard, Shaw’s vice president of human resources.

The clinic will be operated by QuadMed, a national company specializing in operating corporate health clinics. The clinic will be approximately 10,000 square feet.

“QuadMed provides convenient, affordable primary care with a focus on prevention,” said Eddie Reeves, Shaw’s director of human resource operations.

The center will offer a full spectrum of care, including routine physicals, immunizations, lab work and wellness screenings. Plans call for the center to have one physician on staff and a mix of nurse practitioners and other health care professionals.

“The health center will provide affordable and accessible primary care and many associates may choose to make the health center their primary care home,” Richard said. “The health center will accommodate same-day appointments along with scheduled acute care and wellness screenings. Appointments can be made in advance online or by phone.”

Richard said Shaw has been considering this move for years as an extension of its health and wellness programs.

“One of our main goals is that associates will have reduced wait times and more interaction with the health center medical staff who are focused on preventive care. We believe that will result, over time, in better health and wellness outcomes for our people,” Richard said. “The health center will not have many of the administrative costs of outside providers, allowing our people to benefit from a reduced cost of care.”

Richard said the center’s primary service area will be Dalton but officials expect that Shaw employees and their family members from across the area will also find it convenient.

Brian Anderson, president of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, said companies across the United States are looking at ways to control their health care costs.

“This could make them more competitive in the long run, and I think you’ll see more of these. If it can help employees manage their health and keep chronic illnesses in check, it benefits both employees and the company,” Anderson said. “And if it helps keep people out of the emergency room it benefits the entire community.”

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