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Sonoco establishes worksite health clinic for workers

By Sally Huguley
Published Oct. 3, 2011

Sonoco today announced the opening of an on-campus health and wellness center to serve the 1,600 employees working at its Hartsville plant.

Labeled as one of the most comprehensive, innovative on-site employee health centers in the state, the Sonoco Health Connection will provide a nurse practitioner, a medical assistant and a health coach to all Hartsville’s Sonoco workers.

SonocoIIAccording to the company, the center will give employees “quick and easy access to medical personnel, including a health coach” five days a week. Services will include preventive screenings, medication compliance and management of health conditions, such as stress and balancing work and home responsibilities.

Preventive health measures also include annual well visits, tetanus, pneumonia and allergy shots and other routine health care services.

Working with CHS Health Services, a 3,600-square-foot space on the plant’s campus was converted into three examining rooms, a treatment and procedure room and health and wellness community room.

Sonoco linked up with CHS Services, one of the largest providers of on-site health centers, to design and manage the employee health center, a partnership promoted by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, which administers Sonoco’s self-funded employee health benefit plan.

The Sonoco Health Connection will be one of the few on-site employee health care facilities in the state. Michelin North America has similar clinics, one at its Greenville headquarters and another at its production facility at the SCTAC industrial park.

To encourage the use of the Health Connection by employees, copays for use of the on-site medical facility will be less than copays for other medical providers, according to BlueCross officials.

In addition, the role of the health coach will be promoted by establishing a health incentive account for each employee. Workers will earn money on a debit card each time they participate in a health or wellness activity, such as preventive wellness exams or individual goals set by the health coach.

Money earned on the debit card can be used to fund copays or other health expenses covered under the employee’s insurance coverage.

The role of the health coach will include advising employees on better eating habits, smoking cessation and managing stress. Counseling also will be given for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, migraines and asthma.