Tyson Foods Opens First Pilot Clinic to Promote Culture of Health
Company Partnering with Marathon Health to Launch Seven “Bright Blue” Health Centers
SPRINGDALE, Ark., May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of efforts to boost the overall health and wellness of its workforce, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is partnering with Marathon
Health to pilot seven “Bright Blue” health centers near company production facilities. The health centers will give Tyson team members and their families easier access to high-quality
healthcare and, in most cases, at no cost.*
The health centers, which are operated by Marathon Health, provide primary and preventive care, including health screenings, lifestyle coaching and health education, as well as behavioral health counseling. They also collaborate with plant community health providers, including primary care physicians and specialists, to ensure appropriate care is delivered.
The naming of the health centers, “Bright Blue”, is intended to convey the outlook of a bright future thanks to easily accessible healthcare and the company’s familiar heritage color, blue.
The first health center opened April 28 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, near the company’s facility in Newbern, Tennessee. Lisa Davis, a 26-year Tyson employee, was the first team member to visit the clinic and her daughter was the first patient treated by Marathon Health staff.
“We have three-year old twins and are often at the doctor for regular check-ups and runny noses,” said Davis. “My daughter Rylee has Down syndrome and is in speech therapy, so communication can sometimes be difficult. The staff was patient and we had an amazing experience. We’ll definitely be back.”
Photos and video of the Newbern clinic can be downloaded here.
“We’re piloting these health centers to promote a culture of health and wellness in our company that results in a healthier workforce,” said Dr. Claudia Coplein, chief medical officer for Tyson Foods. “Some of our frontline team members aren’t using their health plan benefits, and others don’t seek care until there’s a crisis. We want to change that by providing access to care that can help detect health conditions early and promote healthy habits.”
The clinics will also collaborate with plant community health providers, including primary care physicians and specialists, to ensure appropriate care is delivered.
The pilot health center project represents the expansion of the company’s We Care workplace safety program to include overall team member health and wellness. It is an addition to the company’s existing health services staff, which includes on-site occupational health nurses at most plant locations.