SWEDISHAMERICAN OPENS DISTRICT 100 WELLNESS CENTER
SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, is pleased to announce the opening of its District 100 Wellness Center, an employer-based health clinic exclusive to the employees and dependents of Belvidere School District 100.
Located at 1320 E. Avenue in Belvidere, the District 100 Wellness Center is SwedishAmerican’s fifth and most recent employer-based clinic in the Stateline area. The innovative, comprehensive and holistic health-care approach of the employer-based clinics began for SwedishAmerican in 2017 when it partnered with Woodward to open the Woodward Health Center. SwedishAmerican has since expanded the model and now provides care for more than 30 local employers, including FCA and Winnebago County.
“We are very excited for this new opportunity and proud to begin a partnership with District 100,” said Tom O’Connor, President and CEO of SwedishAmerican. “This employer-based medical home model has proven to be very successful for us in the past, as it allows for improved and easy access to comprehensive and affordable healthcare services and wellness programs. We are honored to welcome District 100 to the Swedes family and eager to provide its employees with the remarkable care that SwedishAmerican has been known for in our community for more than 100 years.”
The District 100 Wellness Center is only available to school district employees and dependents who are covered under the District 100 health insurance plan. The clinic is available for adult and pediatric medicine services, including office visits (preventive, acute, chronic disease management), laboratory, immunizations and vaccinations, care coordination, limited dispensing of commonly prescribed acute and some preventative medications, annual physicals, sports physicals and wellness services.
Dr. Tina Haller-Wade will be the main provider at the new clinic.
The District 100 Wellness Center joins the growing trend of large U.S. employers establishing primary care facilities. An independent two-year look back of results from 2017-2018 produced the following outcomes from the model that District 100 will now be offering to their members:
- The total allowed annual costs per member for SwedishAmerican Medical Group Employer-Based Wellness Center participants decreased by 7.3 percent
- Patients enrolled in the employer-based model demonstrated improved rates for preventative exams and drug adherence over patients in the traditional fee-for-service setting
- Specialty care utilization went down by 11.7 percent because the clinic allows for more time with the provider ensuring more comprehensive visits
- Costs associated with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension decreased by 45 percent, emergency department utilization and inpatient visits went down as much as 13 percent