Oregon Health for Life center expands employee options

March 15, 2011

Technology giant Intel recently opened a health and wellness center for employees at its Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro, Ore., that will replace many tedious trips to the doctor's office with services provided on site.

The 5,000-square-foot Health for Life Center provides full-service primary care, along with urgent care, pharmacy services, lab testing, allergy and flu shots, travel medicine and vaccinations, and physical therapy, to approximately 5,700 Intel employees.

"The Jones Farm Campus Health for Life Center will provide high-quality, personalized care without the high overhead cost of a typical provider's office, reducing costs to both the employees and Intel. [Employee] payments will range from a minimal fee to no cost, depending on the services and the employee's medical plan," said Bill Mackenzie, communications manager of U.S. Corporate Affairs for Intel. Intel employees still have health insurance, which allows them to visit their own doctors as well.

Walgreens' Health and Wellness Division runs more than 375 U.S. worksite health centers. According to a company statement, there has been a "marked decrease in employees' use of emergency room and urgent care centers, significant reductions in health-related absences, and increases in worker productivity."