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CaridianBCT Invests in On-Site Employee Health

  What's Working: Well at Work
 

Bill Mount, a systems specialist at CaridianBCT, learned more about his health thanks to company provided screenings. Ruth Korecki, R.N., A.P.N., is the company's manager of health services.

By Rebecca Jones
Photograph by James Chance

Bill Mount had no idea that men could suffer from osteoporosis – let alone that he was at risk. But a bone density scan at a company health fair three years ago revealed the unsettling situation.

"The gentleman doing the scan looked at my results and told me that for my age, my bone density was only at about 87 percent," says Mount, a 52-year-old systems specialist. "He said if I kept going like this, I'd develop osteoporosis, and that it's just a myth that only women have it. He urged me to follow up with my doctor."

Mount took the advice and now is on a daily regimen of calcium and Vitamin D pills and has regular bone density evaluations. He also thanks his lucky stars that his employer – Lakewood-based CaridianBCT, a medical device company with 2,300 employees – provides on-site, health-related services. A year earlier at another company health fair, Mount was told to check a spot on his neck that turned out to be cancerous. Because it was found early, a dermatologist removed the lesion without complications.

"I'm pretty tied in with the folks in health services," says Mount of Highlands Ranch. He also participates in company-sponsored Weight Watchers classes and works out in the company-sponsored fitness center.

"I don't know of any company I've ever been with that really does this kind of thing," he says. "Do you know how expensive it is to do this kind of stuff outside of work? I try to take advantage of it as much as I can."

CaridianBCT's on-site health clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a health services/human resources specialist. They triage on-the-job injuries, provide annual flu shots, handle basic illnesses such as sinus infections, manage workers' compensation and family medical leave requests, oversee ergonomic compliance, promote wellness programs such as the yearly health fair and employee fitness challenges, and offer first aid and CPR training.

"We're busy from the time we open until the time we close – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday," says Ruth Korecki, R.N., A.P.N., the manager of health services for CaridianBCT. "We relate to our employees holistically."

Mark Anderson, director of human resources for the company, says he doesn't know how on-site health services have affected overall health care costs – because it's something the company has always done.

"I think it goes back to the general culture of the company when it was founded more than 45 years ago," he says. "The well-being of our staff is a critical component. People are heavily focused on the products we provide, products that save lives. And this just really feeds back into our vision of the mission of the company."