*This story first appeared in The Budget’s April 25, 2018, Local Edition.
Allied Machine & Engineering has taken another major step by continuing to invest in the healthcare of its associates and their families.
Allied is partnering with Cleve- land Clinic Union Hospital and Union Physician Services in an effort to provide quality healthcare at a minimal cost for its entire staff. Together, they recently opened the “Allied Family Wellness Center,” which is housed in the UPS Family Health Center North medical building in Dover.
This full-functioning, health provider’s office is open 42 hours a week and provides care for Allied associates and eligible family members with a healthcare team employed by Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital through its physician network, Union Physician Services (UPS).
The Allied Family Wellness Center is staffed by Dr. Christopher Coulson, D.O.; Amanda Scott, a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP); and Dan Sloat, a wellness coordina- tor. Sloat assists with follow-up care, exercise/diet programs and education.
Allied associates have been given complete information about the range of services available – many of which will have no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins also will be accepted.
“We know there are many fine medical staffs throughout our community, and we support our associates’ continued care with those providers,” said Bill Stokey, president and CEO of Allied Machine & Engineering. “However, we also understand that more than 40 per- cent of our associates do not have a primary care physician. That is a problem we wanted to help correct by offering them high-quality healthcare services with a convenient location and office hours.”
Many of the services provided at the Wellness Center are free of charge such as physicals, well-child checkups, chronic disease management and preventative care. Acute visits require a charge but Allied believes this charge to be quite affordable.
“As the needs and services available for patients and the community continue to evolve, the hospital is working to meet the varying needs that arise,” said Bruce James, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital. “Allied is the third employer in the area that the hospital and UPS is working with directly to meet their individual needs.
“This is an outstanding example of how healthcare in the Tuscarawas Valley is being delivered in a way that may appear different but is much more convenient and affordable for a segment of our community,” James said. “We applaud Allied Machine & Engineering for their investment in the healthcare of their associates and families, and we look forward to delivering the hospital’s part of a partnership that benefits the Allied Family Wellness Center patients.”
The Wellness Center will reduce patient wait times and provide adequate appointment and exam time for patients and providers. Allied also credits Rick Pipes of Pipes Insurance Services at New Philadelphia with promoting the concept of an “Allied Clinic” to the administrative team at Allied after assisting another client with opening its own wellness clinic.
“It was ideal for us to connect with the resources of our local hos- pital and the many services it of- fers,” Stokey said. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the flexibility, commitment and desire that the team from Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and Union Physician Services exhibited to make this a reality. Offering us space in their brand- new UPS Family Health Center North facility was a bonus.”
The long-term benefits for Al- lied’s associates through opening the Wellness Center are clear.
“While there is a significant investment that Allied is making to offer the Wellness Center, we are confident there will be an even greater return on that investment,” Stokey said. “Yes, we believe there can be savings on the cost of the actual care, but the real savings comes with the intangibles. How many serious illnesses might we avoid because our Allied family is receiving preventative care? Preventing diabetes or catching a cancer early will not only save money, but more importantly, may save lives.”
Allied Machine & Engineering is a leading manufacturer of hole-making and finishing tooling systems. Located in Dover, Ohio, Allied’s precision hole-making technologies provide end users worldwide with the highest level of drill performance. Precision engineering and expert application support make Allied the first and best choice for solving complex metal-cutting challenges. For more information, visit www.alliedmachine.com.
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