DEERFIELD, Ill. and WATERTOWN, Mass. — Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, and Tufts Health Plan have announced the opening of a workplace health center called the BeWell Center, which offers wellness and preventive care, symptom care and laboratory services to Tufts Health Plan employees and contractors.
The BeWell Center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, medical assistant and wellness coach, and supported by a local, collaborating physician. The center is located at Tufts Health Plan’s headquarters in Watertown, Mass., and is available for more than 1,700 Tufts Health Plan employees. The new facility complements an existing fitness center also managed by Take Care Health Systems.
“We are pleased to offer our employees another terrific way to access wellness at the worksite. The BeWell Center complements our WorkingWell Center, which is full and robust with fitness equipment, exercise classes from zumba to yoga, nutrition classes, acupuncture and massage,” stated Lois Dehls Cornell, SVP human resources and general counsel for Tufts Health Plan. “Relatively few companies nationwide currently have workplace wellness centers; we strive to serve as a model for employers with a similar mission and focus.”
“Tufts Health Plan is ranked among the top health plans in the nation and is known as a leader in health and wellness. We are pleased to build on this relationship by enhancing their workplace offerings,” stated Peter Hotz, Walgreens and Take Care Health Systems group VP. “This facility will help improve the health of Tufts Health Plan employees while helping keep costs low for both employees and the plan.”
Employers increasingly are looking to offer workplace health-and-wellness services, according to a 2011 report from Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. Results published in the report were generated from a survey of 588 employers conducted between November 2010 and January 2011 and showed that 23% of companies currently offer workplace health services and that an additional 12% of companies plan to begin offering services in 2012.