Stuller Inc. and Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) in Louisiana formed a partnership to bring the next generation of healthcare to the workplace. The partnership launched its first telemedicine clinic on May 7 inside Stuller's global headquarters, providing its 1,200 associates daily access to primary care physicians and other medical resources. Stuller and LGMC began this as a pilot program, seeing the convenience it created for associates and the significant savings in healthcare costs since telemedicine visits are reimbursed at half that of in-person visits.
The telemedicine clinic is just one of the many wellness projects Stuller has implemented this year. Others include increased health education, the hiring of a wellness-focused intern and a variety of exercise programs.
The community non-profit FiberCorps helped facilitate the project’s technical and operational setup. They established a two-way audio and HD video conferencing system that Dr. Joseph Orgeron, M.D., the project's primary physician, uses so that he can remain at his office during the day while interacting with patients remotely. The clinic has numerous virtual tools at its disposal too, including a Bluetooth stethoscope and digital otoscope. And onsite, LGMC provides a clinical staff member to facilitate exams and serve as liaison between the patient and physician.
"Stuller is its people and I want to make sure our associates have the best possible opportunity for wellness," said Stuller's founder, Matt Stuller. "This clinic and our new wellness initiative create a positive work environment promoting personal well-being and growth.”
FiberCorps' executive director, Geoff Daily, added, "Fiber-powered technologies like videoconferencing offer so much potential to revolutionize our community. We're excited to help Stuller and LGMC implement this project, which benefits so many."
LGMC's president, David Callecod, said, “Our mission is to restore, maintain and improve health. Partnering with Stuller, one of the biggest employers in the area, provides us with an opportunity to do just that.”