Two of the most extensive worksite medical clinics opened their doors Wednesday at Intel Corp’s two Chandler locations.
The new Intel Health for Life Centers at the company’s major complexes at 5000 W. Chandler Blvd. and 4500 S. Dobson Road underscore the growing number of on-site employee medical-treatment facilities opening in the Valley and the nation.
The giant semiconductor company, with more than 10,000 employees at the two campuses, hired Take Care Health Systems to administer and manage the clinics.
Take Care, owned by Walgreen and based in Philadelphia, has 180 corporate clients and has established more than 400 clinics at worksites in the United States. It is the largest operator of worksite medical clinics in the nation.
“The goal is to improve the quality of health of employees and to reduce health care costs,” said Dr. Allan Khoury, chief medical officer for Take Care at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the Chandler Boulevard site.
Khoury said the creation of worksite medical centers is guided by several basic requirements, including a minimum of 1,000 employees.
He said there are other worksite clinics at major employers in the Valley, but none offer as extensive services as Intel’s.
Intel’s new centers will provide primary and urgent care, laboratory services, physical therapy, occupational health care, fitness training, a pharmacy and wellness and prevention programs. Costs are comparatively low or, in some cases, free, he said.
The Intel centers each have a full-time primary care physician, seven registered nurses, two nurse practitioners, a physical therapist and six other employees. They will be open Mondays through Fridays.
The movement toward worksite centers began about 30 years ago, but fell out of favor amid questions about cost-effectiveness and the desire of workers to visit their regular physicians. However, as medical insurance and health care costs climbed in recent years, the number of on-site centers grew because employers found them a less expensive way to deliver care.
The popularity of worksite centers is also being prompted by the shortage of medical servers, including nurses and physicians, at Valley hospitals, Khoury said.
In the Valley, several other corporations provide the service including Boeing Corp., which has clinics at its Mesa and Chandler facilities. The aviation firm said the on-site clinics are convenient for employees and reduce their time away from the workplace.
Boeing employees are not charged for visits to the centers, the company said.