Tyson to pilot health clinic near Carroll County plants
As part of efforts to boost the overall health and wellness of its workforce, Tyson Foods is partnering with Marathon Health to pilot a local health clinic near the company’s Green Forest and Berryville plants, Tyson announced in a news release.
The news release says the clinic will give Tyson team members and their families easier access to high-quality healthcare and, in most cases, at no cost.
“NARMC is excited to collaborate with Tyson Foods and support their efforts to improve the health of their team members through expanded healthcare services,” said Sammie Cribbs, chief operating officer of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison. “We will work with the Tyson team to enhance these efforts by providing additional services and wellness opportunities to care for these community members. This is an exciting time for the community, and NARMC is honored to be part of this growth opportunity.”
The clinic, which will be operated by Marathon Health, will provide primary and preventive care, including health screenings, lifestyle coaching and health education, as well as behavioral health counseling. Marathon Health will also collaborate with Berryville and Green Forest community health providers, including primary care physicians and specialists, to ensure appropriate care is delivered, the news release says.
“We’re piloting these clinics to promote a culture of health in our company that results in a healthier workforce,” said Johanna Söderström, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Tyson Foods. “Some of our frontline team members aren’t using their health plan benefits, and others don’t seek care until there’s a crisis. We want to change that by providing access to care that can help detect health conditions early and promote healthy habits.”
Tyson Foods announced the initiative to pilot seven health clinics near company production facilities earlier this month. In addition to Berryville/Green Forest, clinics will be opened up in Lexington, Neb.; Wilkesboro, N.C.; Storm Lake, Iowa; and Holcomb, Kan. The locations of the other clinics will be disclosed soon.
“Partnering with Tyson to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees and families is an honor for Marathon Health,” said Jerry Ford, chief executive officer of Marathon Health. “We offer care that often looks beyond the symptoms and helps people take new actions around their own health. We are excited to see the profound changes in the lives of the people we will serve at the Tyson health centers.”
The clinic services are in addition to the benefits already offered to team members such as affordable health, life, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. Tyson Foods requires all regular, full-time team members who have completed 59 days of employment to have health care coverage through either the company-sponsored health plan or through a family member’s plan. This means that 100 percent of the company’s eligible team members have access to health care coverage, the news release says.