Companies Rein in Health Care Costs

August 26, 2013

Mercy Clinic Dr. Christian Sutter examines

Maritz employee Jennifer Kuehl.

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 26, 2013) – When sore throats, ear infections, allergies and other health issues linger, it can wreak havoc on work schedules and productivity problems with people who can’t concentrate or take time off work to see a doctor.

Now a convenient option is available for Maritz employees and their families at the company’s St. Louis headquarters. On Aug. 1, Mercy opened Mercy Clinic at Work, a full-functioning, physician-staffed health care clinic on the Maritz campus with access to electronic medical records at any Mercy location.

“It’s so convenient. I had a day packed with meetings and couldn’t figure how I could get to St. Peters to see my regular doctor, even if they had an appointment available,” said Cindy Willis, sales systems analyst at Maritz.

The Maritz location is open part-time with two physicians, Dr. Shane Stephenson of Mercy Clinic Family Medicine at Clayton-Clarkson and Dr. Christian Sutter of Mercy Clinic Family Medicine at Ronnie’s Plaza. They can assess patients, prescribe medication and provide all other services available in a Mercy Clinic primary care office.

“Accessing regular health care is very important but can be challenging for employees, resulting in a loss of productivity and leading to more serious and costly health claims for companies,” said Sherry Ward, Maritz vice president of Corporate Services. “Bringing Mercy Clinic to the Maritz campus is not only convenient for our employees, but it supports their health needs while making great business sense. And, when we increase productivity, promote better health and create a healthy and engaged workforce, we all win.”   

Mercy can tailor the program to fit employers’ specific needs. Clinical positions can be covered by registered nurses, nurse practitioners in a collaborative agreement with nearby physicians or on-site physicians – depending on the size and needs of the employer.

“What could be easier than visiting a doctor at work?” said Donn Sorensen, president for Mercy’s East region. “Patients consistently say they want health care when and where it’s convenient for them. With a national focus on reining in health care costs many companies are moving in this direction.”

In late September, Missouri Baptist University will open a Mercy Clinic at Work site to provide a convenient health care resource for its 1,200 student population, with 345 who live on campus and 700 student athletes. In addition, a registered nurse is also onsite to answer questions and provide screenings for front-office employees with the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams organizations.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In Mercy’s east Missouri region, services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Festus and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization.


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