On-Campus Wellness Center on Notre Dame Campus Offers Comprehensive Access to Health Care for Faculty, Staff and Their Dependents, and Dependents of Graduate-Students
Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and University of Notre Dame Open On-Site Wellness Center
<0> Walgreen Co. Corporate CommunicationsJim Graham, (847) 315-2925 </0>
Take Care Health Systems, a division of Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG), and the University of Notre Dame, today announced the opening of an on-site wellness center located on the Notre Dame campus. The center serves full-time university faculty and staff, their spouses and dependents, and the spouses and children of graduate students.
Following a grand opening ceremony on July 11, the facility officially opened for patients today.
Notre Dame’s on-campus wellness center reflects the direction many organizations are taking by offering more comprehensive health care services for employees and their dependents. Notre Dame currently operates and will continue to operate its health center for students. Take Care Health Systems is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive managers of convenient care clinics and employer-based health and wellness centers.
“We are excited to work with such a prestigious institution as the University of Notre Dame, which continues to demonstrate a commitment to its communities by moving beyond basic programs to offer a more comprehensive array of health services for faculty, staff and dependents,” said Peter Hotz, group vice president for Walgreens Health and Wellness division. “We are increasingly seeing educational institutions recognizing what many innovative companies have found – namely that by investing in broad worksite health programs they can expect to see improved patient outcomes, overall savings and happier and more productive employees.”
The Notre Dame Wellness Center serves nearly 12,000 people. The center is more than 7,000 square feet and provides full primary care, urgent care, pharmacy services (including infusion therapy, specialty pharmacy and a drive-thru window), lab testing, allergy and flu shots, travel medicine, vaccinations and physical therapy. In addition, the center’s staff works to identify chronic health conditions and provide education on nutrition and exercise to help reduce risk factors. The wellness center’s staff includes a full-time physician, nurse practitioners, a physical therapist, registered nurses, phlebotomists, certified medical assistants and wellness coaches.
“We are committed to fostering an exceptional environment not only for all our students, but for our faculty, staff and their dependents as well. Helping these members of our community stay healthy is integral to achieving this,” said Robert McQuade, Notre Dame vice president for human resources. “By providing convenient access to the broad range of healthcare services available through this wellness center, we are making Notre Dame a better place to work and learn.”
Employers are increasingly looking to offer onsite health and wellness services, according to a 2011 report from Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. Results published in the report were generated from a survey of 588 employers conducted between November 2010 and January 2011 and showed that 23 percent of companies currently offer onsite health services and that an additional 12 percent of companies plan to begin to offer services in 2012.
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Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame is the nation’s preeminent Catholic university and is rated among the top 25 of all U.S. institutions of higher learning. Notre Dame is organized into four undergraduate colleges — Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business — the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, 10 major research institutes, more than 40 centers and special programs, and the University library system. Located adjacent to the city of South Bend, approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, it is highly residential, with 80 percent of students living on campus, and also is known for the quality of its physical plant and the beauty of its campus, including the Golden Dome of the Main Building, the world’s most recognized university landmark.
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