Sukup to open health clinic for employees

by Holly Demaree
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SHEFFIELD, IOWA, U.S. – Sukup Manufacturing Co. will open an on-site health clinic for all employees at its Sheffield, Iowa, U.S., headquarters. The company plans to make some clinic services available to families of employees in the future as well. 

The clinic will include five exam rooms, two offices, and one lab, and a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner from Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa will staff the clinic. Sukup employees will have access to a variety of health services, including biometric screening, health coaching, weight loss coaching, smoking cessation, tele-counseling, and other routine clinical tests such as for strep throat.

“Research shows that onsite clinics can add significant value to the workplace,” said Samantha Petersburg, human resources representative for Sukup Manufacturing. “Some benefits the company hopes to realize are earlier detection and treatment of illness, fewer emergency room visits, and reinforcing a culture of wellness here at Sukup.”

In additional to the health clinic, Sukup Manufacturing promotes wellness as part of its company culture by providing employee single health care premiums for $0, providing fruit to all employees every Wednesday, and will take 160 long-term employees and spouses to Hawaii in January 2018.

“One thing our employees love about Sheffield is that it is a small, tight-knit community,” added Emily Schmitt, general counsel for Sukup Manufacturing. “However, we acknowledge that can mean employees need to drive far distances for even basic medical care. The new clinic will make health services much more accessible and, we hope, lead to a happier and healthier workforce.”

Employees may make appointments at the clinic beginning in January 2018.

“We are very excited to support Sukup Manufacturing in improving the health of their employees,” said Dan Varnum, president and chief executive officer of Mercy - North Iowa. “Mercy is committed to making this a successful partnership, and we see this as a positive step forward in the focus on overall community wellness.”
 
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