The Scalability of Onsite Health Centers

The Scalability of Onsite Health Centers

When an employer decides to bring healthcare to the workplace in the form of an onsite solution, their biggest concern is making it work for their employees and business. Investing in the organization’s healthcare is a commitment, which is why it’s important to partner with a vendor whose services are scalable to meet each client’s needs. 

Part Time vs. Full Time

One way an employer can customize their onsite services is by opting for a part-time clinic rather than full-time clinic. Most employers believe that unless their organization has a couple thousand employees, they don’t qualify or it would be a wasted investment to have an onsite presence. But this isn’t true - there’s no minimum number of employees needed for an organization to invest in onsite healthcare for their employees. Some vendor partners, including TargetCare, are able to adapt our clinic services to organization’s of all sizes. 

Typically, an onsite clinic is staffed with a nurse practitioner or registered nurse who delivers acute care, immunizations, pharmacy dispensing, coaching on lifestyle and disease management, and more to the employees. With a part-time clinic, all that’s adjusted is the hours that the provider is working that week. Instead of having a full-time presence at the workplace, the provider will space out the days and hours they come to the workplace, without compromising on the care delivered. This flexibility helps small and mid-size organizations who can’t commit to a full time presence, or investment, at their workplace by meeting their budget and employee’s needs.

Employers shouldn’t have to compromise on onsite service offerings just because their organization is smaller. Part-time providers continue to connect with employees while they’re onsite, build relationships, and provide care. 

Onsite vs. Near-site vs. Telephonic

In addition, vendor partners can scale their onsite healthcare solutions by offering onsite clinics, near-site clinics or virtual options.

Onsite clinics or onsite health centers, refer to building or staffing a space with a provider at the physical workplace. Common staffing models can include the use of Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, Health Coaches, Behavioral Health Counselors, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants. These providers can occupy a newly built clinic or a pre-existing room that’s been converted to a clinic space. Employers opt for onsite healthcare in the form of a workplace health center because it’s the most convenient way to deliver care to their employees. It reduces the time spent away from the workplace to receive care, helps providers build relationships with patients, and creates a culture of health and wellness at the workplace. 

Near-site clinics refer to established centers that aren’t located at the workplace, but in the nearby vicinity. These can serve more than just the employees of an organization, but also their spouses and families. If an organization has several locations spread out in a close geographic area, they might opt for implementing a near-site clinic that’s convenient for employees at all the locations. 

Finally, an employer can scale their delivery of care by opting for a virtual or telephonic healthcare model. This would best serve organizations who have small clusters of employees dispersed at multiple locations across a state or have many employees on the road. With a virtual healthcare model, providers deliver health and wellness solutions through a screen. 

If an organization is debating providing healthcare services to their employees, it’s important to partner with a vendor who can scale their service offerings to best fit the potential client’s needs. Too often, organizations and employers are turned away from possible vendors because the size of their organization or budget are too small for the big names. This is why it’s important to focus the search on finding partners, like TargetCare, who can scale their services for a range of small to large employers - without compromising on the quality of care.