INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana state employees can now visit the doctor without leaving work. There is a new medical clinic inside the state government center.
It’s the latest trend in health care and, for Governor Pence, it’s a good way to follow up his announcement to use Obamacare money to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan.
It takes up 8,000 square feet in the basement of the State Government Center. It’s a clinic that is meant to help improve the overall health of state employees.
“If I had a question that I need answered right away,” said state employee Mary Loy, “I guess I have a place to go.”
“And the state employees kind of mimic a lot of the state of Indiana,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess. “We’re the 8th most obese state, we’re the 6th most smoking state.”
Governor Mike Pence was among those who cut the ribbon on the facility that will be operated by I.U. Health. He said, “A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce.”
Two doctors and other health professionals will be on hand to serve anyone who is in the State of Indiana Health Plan and that includes 98% of state employees. 12,000 of them are within walking distance of the clinic. The goal is for them to be able to get same day appointments.
“This is a big deal, very big deal,” said I.U. Health CEO Dan Evans. “So much of healthcare is access.”
“They can get a lot of testing done right here,” said Dr. VanNess. “They’ll even be able to get some medications right here.”
The clinic will set an example that, the governor says, other Indiana employers may follow.
I.U. Health won a competitive bidding process to operate the new clinic. Plans to create it were first discussed 6 years ago under the administration of Governor Mitch Daniels.
It’s open during business hours five days a week.