At Carolinas HealthCare System, concern for patient convenience and preventive medicine extends to teammates as well as Corporate Health & Wellness clients. Accordingly, the first employee health clinic completed its initial year of operation in 2012. Located at Airport Center, the clinic accommodated more than 1,600 patient visits, significantly reducing the amount of time needed for routine appointments during working hours.
A second on-site clinic at Carolinas Medical Center handled nearly 3,700 patient visits in 2012, while plans were completed to open additional clinics at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville and Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in 2013.
Carolinas HealthCare System strongly encourages its employees to pursue healthy lifestyles and has long been a leader in demonstrating the effectiveness of employer-based wellness programs. Its own enterprise-wide LiveWELL initiative, for example, completed its sixth year in 2012.
LiveWELL offers wellness challenges, incentive programs, screening events, fitness classes, walking trails and health coaching, among other services. These programs continue to attract widespread participation and have been a proven way to assist employees in adopting healthier behaviors.
This success was validated by the receipt of three major national recognitions in 2012. These included:
These examples demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the belief that patients are partners in the delivery of healthcare services. By delivering innovative, personalized care and encouraging wellness at all of its many care locations, for employees and patients alike, Carolinas HealthCare System is becoming a national model in the field of preventive medicine.