“When selecting a provider for our Wellness Center, we were incredibly focused on developing a wellness solution for our employees that focuses on lifestyle medicine using integrated health techniques that are proven to bring disease reversal. We believe this approach will allow for better managed health and wellness for our employees which will ultimately lower our healthcare costs,” said Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey.
Marathon Health became the provider of choice as Mayor Morrissey integrated a better approach to managing the city’s health plan costs to his vision for a healthier community with his Healthy Rockford Initiative.
“Marathon Health was selected because they understood and embraced the Healthy Rockford vision,” Morrissey said. “They understood that the center will not only serve to improve health and save money for the City of Rockford but that this initiative will also integrate economic development both on the business development side but also in the health industry and it will become a vital educational component in the secondary and post-secondary health related educational opportunities.”
Onsite health centers are a growing trend. A 2012 report from health and human resources consultant Mercer showed that in the past three years, prevalence of onsite health clinics for employers with 5,000 or more employees increased from 32 percent of companies to 37 percent.
Marathon Health Vice President of Sales Greg Hiss said the collaborative model proposed by Rockford and Marathon Health has the potential to be a true game-changer in healthcare delivery.
“Because we focus on identifying and mitigating health risks, in the context of providing high-quality care, we expect to see significant savings as well as improved health status of the Rockford population,” said Hiss. “This is a brilliant model for changing the health of an entire community and we applaud Mayor Morrissey and the City for its vision.”