As a business owner or operations manager, do you find that your productivity suffers when employees need to take time away from work to attend doctor’s appointments or miss entire workdays due to illness? To combat this ongoing workplace challenge, many businesses have taken the step to host and operate an on-site health center for their employees.
Although they date back as far as WWII, when employers provided clinics to care for shipyard and steel mill workers, on-site health centers have grown considerably in the past several years.
29% of survey respondents with 5,000+ employees provided a near-site or on-site health center.
37% of survey respondents with 500-1,000 employees had a near-site or on-site health center.
48% of survey respondents with less than 200 employees provided some type of worksite health program, including access to multi-employer health facilities or mobile units.
The value of on-site health centers for businesses is that they allow:
better control overall health benefit spending
reduce lost employee productivity
help employees manage chronic conditions
manage workplace health risks and injuries
improve employee access to health care
attract and retain good employees
Removing the Barriers to On-Site Health Centers
When asked about barriers they face in implementing an on-site health center, businesses frequently note the lack of space and the initial capital expense. Since most businesses are utilizing every square inch of their facilities, the space needed to efficiently and properly operate a medical clinic on-site will need to be constructed. Traditional construction can require long timelines and big budgets. On the chance that unused on-site space is readily available, there is still the expense of remodeling the space and adding the necessary medical equipment to meet service needs.
Many organizations are turning to modular construction to remove the barriers of space and cost all at once. Modular construction adds value to on-site health centers because businesses can take occupancy and begin serving their employees up to 50% faster than they could, building with traditional construction.
How is that possible? When businesses utilize modular construction for their on-site expansions, timelines are cut in half. While the foundation is prepared on the project site, modular components are constructed, electrical and duct work is installed, and exterior and interior finishes are applied at the manufacturing facility. These efficient and precision assembly processes make it possible to stay on-budget and off-site construction means weather delays (notorious budget busters) are non-existent.
A modular health clinic can be delivered on-site, nearly 90% completed. Final assembly is done quickly and with little disruption to the daily operations of the business.
Modular Options for Modern Medicine
Modular health centers can be designed to offer a variety of medical services to employees, including primary care, urgent care, dental care, vision care, physical therapy, imaging, substance abuse and mental health care. They can also be outfitted to serve as on-site pharmacies or fitness centers.
Modular construction offers the customization necessary for the unique needs of modern healthcare:
Cutting edge technology and connectivity
Specific energy efficient mechanical systems
Vibration resistant flooring for imaging facilities
Specialized floor load capacity to accommodate heavy medical equipment
Sound attenuation for privacy
Badge entry systems
Access controlled vestibules and badge entry areas
If your business is sold on the idea of building an on-site health center, reach out to a Vanguard modular expert in your region for a project quote. We’ll demonstrate how your project can be completed quickly and cost-effectively.