Published: November 2, 2009

DANVILLE, Pa. — Geisinger’s Careworks and Geisinger Health Plan announced the opening of a worksite primary care clinic in the Lowe’s regional distribution center in Pittston.

Careworks, a service of Geisinger Health System, will provide routine healthcare to Lowe’s employees free of charge. The Careworks clinic offers Lowe’s employees an alternative to crowded emergency rooms and urgent care centers for common medical problems, saving them lost time from work and out-of-pocket expenses. The clinic will be staffed by a certified physician assistant to treat common medical problems and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.

Lowe’s employs approximately 800 people in the Pittston distribution center,” said Bob Ihrie, senior vice president of employee rewards and services for Lowe’s. “By offering a Careworks clinic free of charge to our employees, we are able to provide a convenient healthcare option while keeping medical care costs down.”

While this is its first employer-based clinic, Careworks has successfully opened five medical clinics inside Weis Markets. Delivering primary care where people work is one innovative way to address the issue of escalating healthcare costs. 

“We are taking our clinic business of offering convenient, affordable healthcare from grocery stores and applying it to the worksite” said Shawna Hernandez, project manager for Careworks. “It’s a win for Lowe’s and its employees.”

According to a 2009 report from New York-based Mercer, 10 percent of all employers surveyed are considering offering a primary care clinic. Among the reasons cited by employers for offering worksite clinics: 86 percent said it was as a convenience for their employees; 77 percent cited better access to preventive care; 75 percent said it was to encourage employees to make better use of health and wellness programs; and 74 percent said it was to control overall health care spending.

About Careworks Convenient Healthcare
Careworks is quick, convenient, quality healthcare for people on the go who find it hard to fit routine tests and treatment into their busy schedules. Careworks in-store clinics are open days, evenings and weekends; no appointment is necessary. Careworks’ certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants treat adults and children one year and older for common illnesses, from allergies to strep throat to skin rashes and more. They also do camp, sports and other physicals, give vaccinations, and provide a variety of lab tests and screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, TB, strep and others. For a complete listing of all available services, visit us at 
www.mycareworks.com

About Geisinger Health System
Founded in 1915, Geisinger Health System (Danville, PA) is one of the nation’s largest integrated health services organizations.  Serving more than two million residents throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania, the physician-led organization is at the forefront of the country’s rapidly emerging electronic health records movement. Geisinger is comprised of two medical center campuses, three hospitals, a 740-member group practice, a not-for-profit health insurance company and the Henry Hood Center for Health Research—dedicated to creating innovative new models for patient care, satisfaction and clinical outcomes. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org

About Lowe’s
With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week at more than 1,675 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit 
www.Lowes.com.

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