CSHP brings wellness to the workplace

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cshpColorado Springs Health Partners is bringing together work and wellness in accessible, if not unique ways.

CSHP currently offers customized services to employers in the Pikes Peak Region to address issues within the areas of occupational medicine, corporate employee and executive wellness.

“CSHP several years ago revived its occupational medicine program,” said Lynne Jones, director of business development and marketing for CSHP.

“We had one previously and it was on hiatus for five or six years, but we brought it back. That was to better meet the needs of employers in the region and also to partner with urgent-care facilities to provide services to employers who have injured workers on a more complete scale.”

Jones said occupational health services are run out of CSHP’s urgent-care locations, and it was while delivering care to injured workers that CSHP saw a need to offer preventative care to non-injured employees and executives.

“We started to look at seeing patients in a more preventative way,” Jones said. “We started looking at the needs in the community. … The large employers have access to a lot of resources, but smaller employers don’t. So we put together a package that includes health assessments, ‘lunch and learns,’ newsletters. We also put together biometric screenings and walking programs if [employers] want it. We customize services for smaller employers, usually with under 100 employees.”

CSHP also offers executive physicals which, according to Jones, are more common in larger markets but less sowithin the Pikes Peak Region. The physicals allow busy executives a one-stop shop for many important health assessments.

“What’s nice about our executive physicals is that executives travel a lot and with this they can get everything done in one day,” Jones said.

“They get their physical, which is the main part, but they also get a body composition screening, they get a chest X-ray, a cardiac stress test, vision and hearing screenings, a dietician consult, a nutrition consult and stress assessment, they see a dermatologist and at the end of the day they go home with all those results.” 

Jones said at the patient’s request, the results can be shared with his or her primary care physician, or they can be kept confidential within CSHP’s system.

“It’s been really successful,” she said. “The patient evaluations [of the program] have been stellar, and we’ve identified follow-up issues in several patients.”

She said the corporate wellness program has been particularly beneficial to small businesses.

“Larger companies tend to cover health assessments and wellness programming and maybe some incentives,” she said. “There’s not a lot out there for smaller employers.”

The basic corporate wellness screenings cost $400 and can be upgraded to include biometric screenings, body composition and additional testing. The executive physicals are $2,000.

“That’s a really reasonable price for what they get according to the research we’ve done of other places, which can go from $1,700 and are not nearly as inclusive as what we offer, up to $7,000,” Jones said.

“We’re lucky we have everything in one place and don’t have anyone staying overnight and raising costs.”

For more information, or to schedule a corporate wellness program or executive physical, contact Jones at ljones@cshp.net or call 538-2909.

About CSHP

CSHP is a multi-specialty practice that has been in existence since 1946. It was started by six World War II veteran physicians who believed in a team model of care, according to Jones.

The organization has grown from a single location on Nevada Avenue to 11 locations and an administrative facility. The practice has grown to 109 doctors with more than 20 nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants.

The organization covers 26 medical specialties and services and is Colorado’s largest physician-owned practice, Jones said. nCSBJ