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City to open employee health clinic

City Employee Kelle Gooden City Employee Kelle Gooden

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Tuesday, commissioners tentatively approved a plan to operate an on-site clinic for city employees and their spouses as part of an overall wellness plan.

A physician or nurse practitioner will be on duty eight hours a day five days a week. Employees will have no co-pay, no deductible and no co-pay for generic prescriptions.

City leaders believe monitoring and treating chronic health conditions will cut down on emergency room visits and reduce the long-term cost of healthcare for the city.

Employees are excited it will save them money too.  "It will benefit us, me and my family, a great deal. We will be able to have easy access to the physicians and to the facilities to be more healthy," said City Employee Kelle Gooden.

"They can help make the kind of changes to reduce blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and maybe avoid completely the complications of these diseases," said Finance Director Kris Newton.

The clinic is expected to save the city at least $34,000 the first year.

Some of those savings may be offset by the costs of selecting a building and setting up the clinic.

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