“Baptist Health is helping to get Kentucky and Southern Indiana back to work by offering customized COVID-19 testing solutions and digital tools to employers,” said Michael Newkirk, MD, vice president of Physician Services. “We understand employers have specific, individualized needs that we will address together as they put our economy back on track while protecting the safety of employees, customers and our communities.”
Baptist Health is ready to share a page from its COVID-19 playbook with area employers anxious about safely reopening. The health system has a web-based solution to the state requirement to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before they report for work. With 19,500 employees across its eight hospitals and more than 300 points of care, Baptist Health is Kentucky’s largest health system.
“We would have to hire 200 people to perform these types of employee screenings at all of our facilities,” Dr. Newkirk said. “Instead, Baptist Health employees go online to answer a few health questions, take their temperature and log that information into the website. From that information, the employee is either given the green light to go in to work, or referred for COVID-19 testing.” Managers can easily access and monitor this information.
That web-based screening is being offered to employers, along with a COVID-19 testing solution, Dr. Newkirk added.
“Baptist Health has the resources and expertise of its infectious disease and other medical experts to help employers determine the most efficient and cost-effective options for their operation and workforce,” said Erica Gregonis, MD, MBA, pulmonologist and Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health Richmond. “With more than 25 years’ experience in occupational medicine, Baptist Health has the network, the know-how and the commitment to work with employers to create customized solutions geared to the specific needs they may have.”
For employers who partner with Baptist Health specifically for testing solutions, there can be enhanced testing for employees with COVID-19 symptoms, as well as co-workers who potentially had contact with them – helping to ensure the safest workplace possible for those that trust their care to Baptist Health.
Baptist Health Urgent Care locations routinely test those with symptoms for COVID-19. Baptist Health Urgent Care located at 648 University Shopping Center in Richmond offers testing for the community.
The first employers to access this COVID-19 workplace reopening service will be those already using Baptist Health services through its strategic alliance with BluMine Health, a Direct Primary Care provider in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. BluMine Health supports employer-sponsored health and wellness initiatives by providing direct primary care to mid- to large-size employers. Twenty-nine companies and more than 17,000 covered lives are now served by BluMine Health.
For more information about Baptist Health’s COVID-19 workplace reopening service, contact Baptist Health Occupational Medicine, located at 646 University Shopping Center, Richmond or call 859.623.0535.