FCA recently announced that it will establish a primary care facility for its Kokomo, Indiana employees, becoming the first domestic automaker to do so. The facility will serve approximately 22,000 healthcare members.
FCA is following a trend of large U.S. employers creating primary care facilities due to growing healthcare costs. With a shortage of primary care physicians in Indiana, along with 40 percent of FCA employees lacking a primary care physician, the decision to establish the Kokomo clinic made sense for the automaker.
“Kokomo is the perfect location to launch a primary care, near-site clinic given the size and proximity of the employee community working in our five local manufacturing facilities,” said Kathleen Neal, Director of Integrated Health Care & Disability, FCA. “Sustaining a healthy workplace and promoting the well-being of our employees and their families is integral to the success of our business.”
The new clinic, named the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center, will provide care at no cost for most FCA employees and their families in the Kokomo and Tipton areas. The clinic will be staffed with doctors, nurses, medical assistants, dietitians, exercise physiologists and behavioral health specialists. Other specialist working at the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center will include a physical therapist, x-ray technician, pharmacist, chronic disease manager, and patient health advocate.
FCA has been recognized nine consecutive years by the National Business Group on Health for health-related programs.