Gahanna inks deal with ExpressMed, Mount Carmel to run employee wellness clinic

Original story by Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

Gahanna is opening a primary care and wellness clinic for city employees inside a local urgent care center.

ExpressMed Urgent Care will provide scheduled primary care office visits starting in January its center at 445 Rocky Fork Blvd.

Under the agreement approved this week by City Council, Mount Carmel Health System will provide wellness education for city employees, operate a 24/7 nurse call center and collect and analyze the data to determine whether the program saves the health plan money.

The city will pay a fixed monthly cost for its insured members – $30 in 2018 and rising to $40 in year three. In return, it expects to pay fewer medical claims.

Gahanna is one of 10 Central Ohio municipalities that pool resources into a single self-funded health plan.

Employees get free preventative care visits and gain access to more health screenings and an on-site pharmacy. They can visit ExpressMed’s Hilliard and New Albany urgent cares, but can’t use those sites for scheduled appointments or health screenings.

ExpressMed was created in 2009 by Columbus parent HealthServe LLC, but has not expanded beyond its initial three locations. The Gahanna urgent care opened in 2014.

Whitehall opened a city employee wellness center in 2013 and has increased its budget every year. City school employees also can use it.

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