School board examines wellness options for staff
By Angie Landsverk
The Weyauwega-Fremont School District is exploring the idea of having an on-site clinic.
“I think you will get a lot more service for it versus recommending some other type of wellness initiative,” Matt Kolling told the school board during its Sept. 14 meeting.
Kolling and Michelle Froehlke, both of Ansay & Associates, attended the meeting to present their recommendations to the board as the district’s consultants.
The district currently spends $27,300 with Interactive Health to provide biometric screenings and health risk assessments for employees and their spouses.
The biometric screening measures such health factors as blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood sugar.
A risk analysis for the district shows that of the 259 members in the employer group, five of them are in the high risk profile.
“I’ve done a ton of these over the last year. That is probably one of the best I’ve seen,” Kolling said.
In a group of this size, he usually sees between 10 and 15 people having a high risk profile.
The average age in the district’s group is 33.3.
“Your group is actually really pretty healthy. Is that something you need to continue spending?” she said of the $27,300 for biometric screenings and health risk assessments.
The consultants are recommending the district reallocate those funds and invest in an on-site clinic through ThedaCare.
ThedaCare would provide a nurse practitioner.
The analysis by Ansay & Associates shows that 200 clinic visits per year would cover the cost of having an on-site nurse in the district eight hours per week.
That translates into four visits per week.
They noted the district already contracts with ThedaCare for occupational health screenings and for an athletic trainer for its student athletes.
Froehlke said ThedaCare’s team would focus on what the district needs and wants.
“The board would decide how far it wants to go with wellness,” she said. “It would be for throughout the year, even in the summer.”
She said the on-site clinic would not take the place of an employee’s primary care physician.
However, Kolling noted there are a number of people who do not have a primary care physician.
Having an on-site clinic in the district would allow them to schedule an annual exam and establish primary care, he said.
“If the board wants to move forward, we would also survey the staff,” Froehlke said.
Kolling said if the district is interested in continuing the one-time lab draws and health risk assessments, ThedaCare would provide that at a cost of $9,100.