Woodward Partners with SwedishAmerican to Launch Innovative Employer-Based Clinic for Employees and Families

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is pleased to announce it is partnering with Woodward, Inc., one of Rockford’s largest publicly held companies, to provide an employer-based health clinic exclusive to Woodward’s 3,600 employees and their dependents.

The new clinic, named Woodward Health Center (WHC), will be located in SwedishAmerican’s Immediate Care Clinic at 2473 McFarland Road in Rockford, and is about five miles from both of Woodward’s campuses, providing convenient access to personalized direct primary care and disease management services. WHC is scheduled to open on January 1, 2017, and is the first of its kind in the Rock River Valley.

The clinic will provide up to three medical providers, clinic manager, care navigator, care coordinator, medical assistants and several nurses, and will offer a full-scope of primary care services, including routine office visits, acute illness care, chronic disease management, wellness and preventative care and more. Additionally, a full-range of diagnostic services will be available including lab and X-ray.

“Woodward is always innovating for a better future and in this circumstance, it includes our health care plans for our employees and their families,” says Woodward Corporate Vice President of Human Resources Steve Meyer. “In this day and age, we need to think differently about ways to continue to provide high-quality, top-tier healthcare that sets us apart in the employment market. Teaming up with SwedishAmerican made perfect sense. We look forward to working with a top-tier, local healthcare system and providing great care to our employees and their dependents.”

In addition to WHC, SwedishAmerican will provide on-site occupational medical services at Woodward sites in Rockford. A SwedishAmerican medical provider and nurse will be staffed at those sites to provide immediate medical services such as workplace injuries, pre-employment physicals and immunizations. BetterLife Wellness, SwedishAmerican’s medical wellness center, also will offer a variety of programs and educational wellness tools to help employees and their families improve their nutrition and fitness to ultimately take control of their health.

“SwedishAmerican is extremely excited for this partnership with one of the top leading-edge manufacturing companies in Rockford,” says SwedishAmerican President & CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “One of SwedishAmerican’s main goals is to focus on prevention and wellness and to keep people healthy, while ultimately reducing healthcare costs. This partnership will do just that. Woodward will benefit and its employees will receive top-notch care from the region’s most preferred doctors.”

“Our partnership with Woodward is a very innovative solution to managing the health and wellness of employees,” says SwedishAmerican Vice President of Ambulatory Operations and Population Health Noel Nickel. “This type of plan is an effective and efficient way to foster a healthy workforce while providing quality and accessible healthcare to companies’ number one assets, their employees.”

Woodward also is offering the WHC plan for its employees in Colorado, in conjunction with a similar partnership with UCHealth.

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Katryna Kirby