Hormel Opens Onsite Clinic with Premise Health Mid-Pandemic to Meet COVID-19 Challenges
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, worksite health clinics are continuing to serve their employee populations, offering services such as coronavirus testing, help managing chronic conditions, and additional virtual health options.
Hormel Foods opened its workplace clinic, in partnership with Premise Health, in June 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The 4,500-square-foot clinic, located in Austin, Minnesota, offers such services as primary care, physical therapy, and laboratory testing. Because of the pandemic, Hormel also purchased lab equipment that provides rapid testing for COVID-19 and tests for influenza and strep throat.
“Worksite centers can be a major source of vaccinations” if they are allowed to become so by state public health authorities, which are overseeing vaccine distribution, said Larry Boress, executive director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC). Hormel says they are hoping to win government approval to vaccinate their employees when the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available.
Read more from SHRM about how workplace clinics are stepping up to the challenges of COVID-19.