Their Members, Their Families
This health center belongs to the members of Local 597. Active members, retirees, and their families have direct access to highly personalized and free medical care with a doctor who knows them and who will spend the time necessary to treat them.
Injuries Can Shorten Careers
Pipefitting is tough. Disability retirements with neck, shoulder, and hip problems are common. The Fund recognized that providing convenient access to physical therapy would keep the workforce healthy today and reduce injury and long-term disability tomorrow. Decreased disability claims improve the overall financial strength of the welfare fund and lead to compounded savings over time. In its first year, physical therapy yielded a 1.15:1 return on investment.
Putting patients in the driver’s seat of their health, Marathon Health reduces costs and improves healthcare access and quality. In fact, 42 percent of Local 597’s high-risk population are making progress on their health goals. Since opening their health centers, Local 597 has reduced ER visits and hospital and medical claims costs. Members experience little to no wait times at their health centers with longer provider appointments that address the root cause of their health issues.
Local 597 took control of their healthcare by opening onsite health centers. The centers reduce costs associated with the chronic illnesses of their membership and improve access to quality primary and preventive care services. By keeping their brothers and sisters healthy and safe, Local 597 is helping to protect their members and their families, prolong their careers, and ensure the financial viability of the Fund into the future.