DILLON, S.C. -- Perdue associates, members of the community and local and state elected officials gathered at Perdue's Dillon, S.C., processing complex August 31 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the company's newest Wellness Center, a $700,000 investment in the health and wellness of Perdue associates and their family members.
Perdue's Wellness Center program is an innovative corporate health strategy that offers associates and their eligible dependents primary care through fully equipped onsite clinics staffed by healthcare providers from the community. The new, stand-alone facility at the Dillon plant will replace a smaller facility located inside the plant. The new Wellness Center, already under construction, will add dependent care in addition to offering primary care for the plant's more than 1,200 associates.
Through its Wellness Centers, Perdue helps its associates overcome two of the biggest obstacles to obtaining health care: accessibility and affordability. "With the Wellness Center, an associate can step off the production floor, walk to the Wellness Center and see a doctor - without taking time off from work and while still getting paid," said Roger Merrill, M.D., Perdue's Chief Medical Officer. "By making it convenient for our associates to access affordable, quality health care, we've been able to provide early intervention and treatment of potentially catastrophic diseases as well as addressing common health risks. The end result is that our associates are healthier. That's a win-win for the associate, the community and the company."
Perdue's Wellness Centers offer primary care, women's health services, occupational health, pediatric care and onsite laboratory draws. "For our associates, the Wellness Center doctor becomes their family doctor," said Dr. Merrill. "That's because the Wellness Center is a doctor's office - it just happens to be located where they work."
"I commend Perdue for its vision to create such a facility that is dedicated to the well-being of its associates," said South Carolina State Senator Dick Elliot.
South Carolina State Representative Jim Battle called Perdue's Wellness Centers "a world-class program," saying, "Perdue has a made a huge difference, not only in the local economy, but in the quality of life in general."
"With Perdue, it's a true partnership with the community," said Mayor Todd Davis of Dillon.
For associates and dependents covered by Perdue's insurance, the cost to visit the Wellness Center is only a $15 co-pay. Associates not covered by Perdue's insurance can visit the Wellness Center for $30 per visit.
The Wellness Center is a part of Perdue's comprehensive health and wellness program, which also includes the Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP). HIP focuses on eliminating lifestyle risk factors, managing controllable diseases and creating an environment of health in the workplace. HIP received national recognition as a C. Everett Koop Health Award winner and was honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a Secretary's Innovation in Prevention Award.