Forsyth County has officially opened its 2,200-square-foot “Health and Wellness” center, which will offer onsite medical services to Forsyth County employees and their families in the coming years.
County officials cut the ribbon on the Health and Wellness Center, located at 514 W. Maple Street in Cumming, during a ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 12.
According to officials, the new local medical center will offer a wide range of services including preventative healthcare, immunizations, primary care exams and screenings, to all Forsyth County employees, their children and spouses, and retirees enrolled in the county’s medical plans.
The center will also offer an after-hours hotline and an onsite prescription medication dispensary for select medications, officials say.
The five exam room medical facility will be staffed by a nurse practitioner and medical assistant, and its day to day operations will be managed by Healthstat, a “national provider of onsite health clinics,” a county spokeswoman said on Thursday.
In June, the county agreed to a five year $47,300 lease for the center, and according to the spokeswoman, $86,391 was paid to Healthstat for start-up costs associated with the center’s opening. All operational costs of the center will be charged to the employee healthcare program, which is funded by the county and employee-paid premiums.
“The Employee Health and Wellness Center will provide a convenient, cost-effective healthcare option for our employees,” County Manager Eric Johnson said in a release on the opening. “The center demonstrates the Board of Commissioners’ commitment to helping employees live their healthiest lives.”
Johnson contends that the new center will also allow Forsyth County to exert better control over the costs associated with employee healthcare.
“Forsyth County expects to experience a substantial return on its investment after an estimated two-year period following the centers opening, while employees will enjoy savings with no copays immediately,” the release said.
The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It will be closed on weekends, county holidays and other instances when the county government offices are closed.