Contract manufacturer Nolato Medical Solutions completed an $18 million expansion in Baldwin. Wis., that adds 27,000 square feet of production and clean room space, 75 employees, and a health care clinic for a community partnership.
The fully staffed clinic was built onto the existing 100,000-square-foot facility to provide primary care to Nolato's 270 employees, who manufacture silicone and plastic components and devices for the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
Although the clinic is located at the business, also known as Nolato Contour, it will serve up to 1,200 people and has its own entrance for patients of the other partners, in the program, including a metal product fabricator and the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District. The organizations pay a fixed amount per worker and family member so patients can receive a wide variety of care for a flat fee of $25 per visit. Patients have no deductibles, copays or coinsurance costs. In addition, they can get generic medicine and some lab work at no charge.
"Their out-of-pocket costs have significantly changed, and we hope that their health is significantly changed for the better, too," Nolato Medical Solutions' President and Managing Director Russell Steele said in a phone interview.
The clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner and medical assistants who offer primary care for ear, nose and throat infections, gastrointestinal problems, skin rashes, minor fractures and more. They also manage chronic conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and depression, and treat occupational health issues from repetitive-movement injuries to sleep apnea.
"Maintaining a healthy workforce translates to retaining a happier workforce," Steele said. "With deductibles and rates going higher all the time, our employees often waited to seek treatment until it was a major issue. We believe this happened because people are not accessing primary care early enough. That's what we'll be offering. Hopefully the convenience of having the clinic here encourages people to go."