West Palm Beach brings Healthcare to the Workplace
Employee and Family Health Center Saves Taxpayers $5.5 million
The City of West Palm Beach announces its Employee and Family Health Center now located inside City Hall has saved taxpayers in excess of $5.5 million in six years, saved employees $1.5 million, and improved overall efficiency of staff, employees and City government.
The City of West Palm Beach Employee and Family Health Center was created in 2011. There, city employees and families covered by the city’s health plan can receive health checks, preventative care, X-rays and much, much more. For covered employees, there are no out-of-pocket expenses, no copays, and—generally—no prescription costs. In many cases, employees can make an appointment at the Center, receive care, and continue working in a half hour.
“It’s just been a really big success for us to have a health center, and I am proud of the work that we’ve done here,” remarked West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio at the new facility’s recent ceremonial ribbon cutting. “The people who serve our employees here—the doctors, the nurses, the practitioners—they’re just terrific,” she said.
“We’ve saved in cost-avoidance costs and in terms of prescriptions and doctors visits, so it’s really affected our bottom line in a positive way,” said Mayor Muoio. “Most importantly, we’re getting really good healthcare to our employees.
Dorritt Miller, Deputy City Administrator, said the city has seen a return on its investment by 3-to-1.
“We have become a model city for other jurisdictions who would like to do this,” she said. “After numerous studies and after six years, we are able to see that it really, really works for West Palm Beach.”
The City opened the first health center in July of 2011 at 464 Fern Street. In February of 2017, the City relocated the health center to the second floor of City Center (just above the Photo Center and across from the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach).