In an era of soaring medical costs, providing health care to employees at or near their workplace is gaining new momentum, according to an article in the Winter 2012 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review.
A 2011 study by the professional-services company Towers Watson and the nonprofit National Business Group on Health found that 23 percent of the mid-sized and large U.S. employers they surveyed had on-site health clinics and that another 12 percent planned to establish an on-site clinic in 2012.
Companies ranging in size from Fortune’s “Best Company to Work For” winner, SAS Institute, to privately held Rosen Hotels & Resorts report that onsite employee healthcare saves millions in health care spending while improving employee health and satisfaction.
Motivated by rising costs and commitment to their staff’s health and productivity, many companies are taking matters into their own hands, according to the article. In this so-called “do-it-yourself” health care, some firms operate clinics with their own employees, including doctors and nurses, while others contract with outside organizations for clinical management and staff.
The entire article, “Do-It-Yourself” Employee Health Care,” is available on the MIT Sloan Management Review website. The article was authored by:
Ann M. Mirabito, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her research focuses on health care, where she has explored ways stakeholders can act to improve outcomes and value. Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review and medical journals including Annals of Internal Medicine and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. She has extensive executive responsibility in large (Frito-Lay, Time Warner) and small organizations, consumer and business-to- business and nonprofit and government (Federal Reserve Board).
Leonard L. Berry, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Marketing, and M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He is also professor of humanities in medicine in the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. He has served as a visiting scientist at Mayo Clinic studying health care service and is a former national president of the American Marketing Association. Berry co-authored the book, “Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic.”
Gale Adcock, M.S.N., R.N., director of corporate health services at SAS Institute Inc., in Cary, N.C. She also serves as a consulting associate faculty member for Duke University and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. She received her Diploma in Nursing from Virginia Baptist Hospital, her BSN from East Carolina University, and her MSN & Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill.
About Baylor University
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.
About Texas A&M University
Opened in 1876 as Texas’ first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University is a research-intensive flagship university with approximately 50,000 students â€” including 9,000+ graduate students â€” studying in over 250 degree programs in 10 colleges. Students can join any of 800 student organizations and countless activities ranging from athletics and recreation to professional and community service events.
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