Fiat Chrysler Launching First-of-Its-Kind Clinic

Posted: Updated:
(Image courtesy of FCA USA.) (Image courtesy of FCA USA.)
KOKOMO -

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC, which has five manufacturing facilities in Howard and Tipton counties, is partnering with Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health on a new health and wellness center. FCA says it is the first domestic automaker to offer a near-site employee clinic. The "one-stop shop" is designed to deliver care to a workforce where some 40 percent do not have a primary care physician and often turn to emergency and urgent care facilities for primary and preventative care needs.

Director of Integrated Health Care & Disability Kathleen Neal says the decision to launch the center in Kokomo came down to rising health care costs. She says employers, especially large manufacturers, are getting hit by annual increases in health care costs of up to 7 percent, which she calls unsustainable for business. "We began looking for innovative solutions that might help us maintain the quality of health care that we wanted to provide for our employees and families," Neal told Inside INdiana Business, "and yet work with a well-respected, high-quality partner in the community of Kokomo to do something very innovative and do it also exclusively for the benefit of our employees that live in the Kokomo area." The employee-centered facility will also help deliver services in the face of primary care physician shortages.

The 11,000 square-foot facility is slated to open July 30. It is located, officials say, close to all FCA facilities in the Kokomo and Tipton footprint -- some 22,000 health care members in all. FCA employs nearly 8,400 at its Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting, Indiana Transmission I and II, and Tipton Transmission plants. The transmissions produced in Howard and Tipton counties power Jeep Wranglers, Jeep Cherokees and electric transmission for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

The statewide health care provider operates St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC Director of Integrated Health Care & Disability Director Kathleen Neal says the decision to launch the center in Kokomo came down to rising health care costs.
  • Perspectives

    • Want to Build a Culture of Experimentation? Embrace Failure First

      Failure. It’s not something all business leaders are comfortable embracing, yet it’s integral to success. That’s because failure signals attempt - and without those undertakings, none of the world’s greatest inventions would have ever come to fruition. So when company leaders decide they want to cultivate a culture of experimentation within their company, it’s important they understand the value of embracing failure. It’s not only a great way to...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Scotty's Brewhouse Files For Bankruptcy

      Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says the decision was "driven largely by the challenges of some specific locations and was necessary because of the way the company was structured corporately." As a result of the deal, Scotty's will close four of its restaurants by the end of the year. In a news release provided to Inside INdiana Business...

    • Indy Airport to Introduce New Airline

      Indianapolis International Airport will today host an event to welcome a new airline. Airport officials say the provider will add more routes to IND's growing roster of options. Earlier this month, the airport reported record-breaking traffic in the third quarter. IND said the more than 2.4 million passengers that passed through the airport in the third quarter of 2018 marked an 8 percent year-to-date increase over last year and the best third quarter in the facility's history.

    • Churubusco Company Acquired

      Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO) has announced the acquisitions of two companies, one of which is located in Whitley County. Financial terms of the deal for Churubusco-based Pro Systems LLC and Coldwater Machine Company LLC in Ohio are not being disclosed.

    • Shelbyville to Debut Giant Sculpture

      Officials in Shelbyville will this evening unveil a new art installation in the city's downtown. The city says the four-story, $150,000 sculpture known as Blue River - Wind, Rain and Water anchors its ongoing commitment to public art.

    • IND Adds New Airline, Nonstop Routes

      A Florida-based airline, billing itself as an "ultra low-cost carrier," is coming to Indianapolis International Airport. Spirit Airlines Inc. (NYSE: SAVE) will begin daily, nonstop service to Las Vegas and Orlando in March, and add summer seasonal nonstop service to Myrtle Beach in May. Vice President For Capacity Planning Mark Kopczak says the airline sees "real potential for growth" in those routes, adding IND has done a good job "selling Indy as a place...