In North America, Healthy Life Centers (HLCs) and biometric screenings are the centerpiece of our wellness initiatives. Currently, we have 14 HLCs in our large facility areas that log more than 4,000 visits per month. In addition to preventive care, HLCs provide acute care, chronic disease management, preventive exams, pediatrics, no-cost employee medication programs, mobile mammogram screenings, pre-placement examinations, wellness coaching and integrated care coordination with primary care physicians. We also are piloting an on-site coaching program in Muskogee, Oklahoma, with HLC providers and exploring telemedicine opportunities, supported by HLCs, to service remote rural areas.
Through our biometric screening program, employees are encouraged to know their numbers. Biometric screenings focus on body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Knowing these numbers can be indicators of any health risks, issues or concerns. HLC providers and staff play a key role in care coordination for our employees.
All of our locations have seen an increase in participation and in the overall health of participants. For 2015, HLC utilization was at 80 percent, and preventive care increased 13 percent. Overall, our wellness initiatives have increased health engagement and helped to close gaps in care and medication compliance for individuals with chronic conditions. Though these results are impressive, the continued improvement in the health and lives of our employees is even more valuable.
Outside the U.S., our ceramic facility in Monterrey, Mexico, has managed a successful on-site health clinic for more than 25 years, resulting in a steadily declining absentee rate. In Europe, Unilin’s “Feel Good” program is an effort to make employees more aware of their personal health through activities such as initial organized running and cycling outings, in addition to various nutrition programs.
In addition to our wellness centers, we offer to U.S. employees good benefits within a comprehensive package of insurance, retirement and other benefits for which we pay all or part of the cost. These benefits are available to any employee who works 30 or more hours a week, whether hourly or salary-based. Some of the benefits we offer include:
Our benefits programs outside the U.S. vary according to country, local market standards and employment contracts.
We offer our U.S. employees a consumer-driven health plan with a health savings account. CDHPs empower employees by allowing them to be actively engaged in healthcare decisions and treatment choices. The health savings account also offers tax advantages as well as saving options for future healthcare expenses.
As we continue to evolve our healthcare strategy to reach our vision, education and communication to employees play a key role. By helping employees understand key concepts and initiatives behind healthcare changes, they can make better-informed choices. We encourage our employees to live healthier lives, while continuing to make investments in resources to help them understand their options and make the best choices for themselves and their families.