EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER OPENS
TO SERVICE LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS EMPLOYEES, RETIREES AND DEPENDENTS
District joins more than 20 Florida government agencies with worksite health centers
August 22, 2011 (Ocoee, Fla.) – Crowne Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting firm specializing in on-site employee health and wellness centers in Florida, announces that the School District of Lake County’s employee health and wellness center opened its
doors last week.
Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, school board members Debbie Stivender and Rosanne Brandeburg, Senator Alan Hays, Crowne and CareHere executives, Blue Cross & Blue Shield representatives, Educational Foundation of Lake County representatives, and other government officials took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony held Aug. 17. The ceremony was followed by a public open house at the center, located at 1910 Titcomb St., Eustis.
The district plans to open a second center in early 2012 to provide convenient access across the county.
The center will service the district’s population of more than 6,500 employees, dependents, and retirees. Services will include primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, disease management, and wellness services along with the benefits of zero copays, free screenings,
and increased physician face-time.
“We’re looking at this as a wellness alternative to provide our employees different healthcare options at no cost. Crowne and CareHere have been nothing but professional. We’re excited about our partnership with them because we’ve seen their success with other school districts,” said Carol MacLeod, chief financial officer for Lake County schools.
Lauren Deridder, risk manager for Lake County schools, added, “Crowne and CareHere have been very professional and are experts at what they do. The center will provide convenient and quick service, and the employees will have quality time with the doctors, less of
wait, and no out-of-pocket expenses.”
The center will be staffed by a physician and other supporting medical staff. In addition to providing primary care, chronic disease management and medication, the center will also focus on providing health risk assessments (HRAs), which is a short health examination to assess a patient’s risk for diseases and conditions.
“Lake County schools is moving in the direction of decreasing healthcare costs and improving quality of care for their employees,” said Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group.
Crowne Consulting Group collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate centers throughout Florida. Lake schools’ health and wellness center is among several new health centers within CareHere’s network of clinics spanning 21 states.
As co-administrators of more than 20 CareHere health centers throughout Florida, Crowne Consulting Group has helped CareHere surpass a milestone of 100 centers nationwide with the recent opening of centers in the City of Deland, St. Lucie County, City of Mount Dora, City of Sarasota, City of Palm Beach Gardens, City of Leesburg, and the School District of Pasco County.