Thanks so much for the question. It gives me the opportunity to talk about a few things that should be important to us all.
An employee clinic is something that had been considered by SFG leadership well in advance of the acquisition. It is a benefit we implemented for all of the Delphi team members & family members covered under one of our medical insurance plans and one of the most popular benefits we offer as a company. We believe in doing what we can to help provide affordable access to health care for our families. Specifically in Delphi, it’s a “win/win” for both team members & our company as a whole.
The issue – in looking at locations smaller than Delphi – is the ability to do this & generate sufficient “traffic” in & out of the clinic to make it economically viable. Delphi – with approximately 2,000 team members in total – has been able to “fill” the existing clinic we opened several years ago. On any given month, well more than 90% of our available appointments are filled. At a smaller location – such as Holland, MI with approximately 130 team members or Frankfort, IN with approximately 80 team members – it would be impossible for such a benefit to be economically viable; the number of appointments required to cover the cost of a clinic can’t be generated. With respect to Owensboro, we simply haven’t had time to look at the viability of such an option.
What we are doing – that benefits all IPC (and SFG) team members & families who elect our benefits – is providing exceptionally good medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and other benefits. We’re also looking at how to introduce member “wellness” as part of our offering, truly focusing on improving the overall health of our team members and their families. Our immediate focus is on ensuring that we have a great benefits offering in place for the beginning of the new calendar year, with a range of options greater than what has been available in the recent past for SFG team members. Once completed, we’ll take time to look at other options – including improving team member & family access to health care.
Mark Berry, VP, People (HR, Safety, & Health Services)