By Tammy Leytham
Ingalls Shipbuilding will locate its employee family healthcare center in a former Singing River Health System medical office on Old Spanish Trail in Gautier, officials announced Tuesday.
The facility, expected to open mid-year in 2015, will cater to 11,500 Ingalls employees and their dependents, said Edmond Hughes, vice president of human resources and administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding.
“It’s about 10 minutes from Ingalls … we’re very pleased with that location,” Hughes said of the site the company is leasing at 2105 Old Spanish Trail.
“We looked at a number of different options, including potentially building something here,” he said.
Officials also looked at existing sites and found the clinic available. They will do do some renovations to the facility, he said.
When it opens, the Ingalls healthcare center will offer primary care, preventative services and more for $15 a visit, compared to $20 a visit if employees go outside the family health center, Hughes said.
Services will also include pharmacy, radiology and laboratory.
The center will be open six days a week, and will give employees more choices, along with shorter wait times, Hughes said.
“Greater access is something we wanted to provide,” he said. “It’s all about making it easier for our employees to take care of themselves and their families. It is all about investing in the wellbeing of our employees. We can’t succeed without them.”
Ingalls announced this summer that the company was opening two family healthcare centers to expand options for its employees – for the shipyards in Pascagoula and Newport News, Va.
The company awarded a contract to QuadMed to manage and operate its family health centers at both locations. QuadMed will hire the doctors and staff for the facility.
Services will be available to eligible employees and their dependents who are covered by the Anthem consumer-driven health plan or preferred-provider option plans. Following the Dec. 1 vote extending the collective bargaining agreement with Ingalls’ labor unions, all represented employees and their covered dependents will also have access to the new health center.
The health centers are part of a new move to offer employees more options for healthy living.
In addition to healthier food choices and physical activity support, Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Ingalls Shipbuilding, is offering employees access to Teladoc, a program that provides employees with access to board-certified physicians via telephone, mobile application or computer. HII is also offering a discounted rate for healthcare to salaried employees who attest that they do not use tobacco.
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