With the help of innovative partnerships, on-site and near-site clinics are becoming available to more employers. In northeast Wisconsin, Appleton School District and the City of Appleton are leading the way. Officially named the Connecting Care Clinic, this resource has been hugely popular since it opened in October 2016.
It was much more than a traditional weight-loss program that inspired Karen Garvey to develop a world-class wellness initiative. After the program changed her own life significantly, Garvey was inspired to expand the wellness program within ThedaCare as well as to other employers and the general public.
“Business was good,” Loehrke says. “There was a lot of work going through our shop. There was a lot of stuff we had to get out the door.” The feeling of smooth sailing turned suddenly to stormy waters. Prior to 2009, the company’s work comp MOD was .86 — significantly better than industry average. In 2009, the MOD shot up to 1.62. This is when Loehrke contacted Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting and Risk Solutions Manager Jim Kremer.
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