Employees of the Monroe County government now have a new option for health care. A new clinic opened Monday which offers free health services to employees and their families.
The clinic, housed in the county health services building at 7th and Walnut in downtown Bloomington, is equipped to see up to 100 patients a week. With 988 eligible patients, Monroe County’s human resources director Rhonda Foster is convinced the clinic will never be overworked or overbooked. She also says the clinic should end up saving the county 30-40% in health care costs after the first year.
The overhead costs for the clinic are $331,000, with any additional expenses coming from the employee insurance budget.
Dr. Clifford Mitcheff is the family practitioner at the facility. He says the clinic will benefit both the county and its employees.
“We want to make sure the county employees are getting the best quality, and most efficient care,” he says. Mitcheff also feels that by creating a more preventative health plan for county employees, the need for future medical services can be reduced.
In addition to basic walk-in services, the clinic will also be able to complete lab work and other medical procedures.
“We’ll have ‘point-of-care’ lab testing,” he says. “We’ll be able to test liver function, cholesterol…we’ll be able to do EKGs…full physical exams, and pretty much anything you could find at a good primary care doctor’s office.”
Privacy is a big concern for the clinic as well, and the county ensures the records of the clinic are sealed, and are not accessible by any county employee. An independant cyber-security firm has been hired to secure all digital records, and no paper records are created at the facility at all.
Though the clinic is open, the Open House will be Monday, from 4 to 8 PM. Various vendors, along with the entire staff of the clinic will be on-site to answer any questions county employees may have.