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Staff offered screenings by Excela under agreement

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

An agreement with Excela Health approved Thursday will give Westmoreland County employees an incentive to earn reduced health care costs.

County commissioners approved the agreement for Excela Health to hold five health screenings at three locations.

“Our goal is to make the county employees as healthy as possible,” Commissioner Charles Anderson said.

County officials renegotiated insurance contracts last year with UPMC and Highmark for a savings of $800,000 over the next three years. The new agreements for the county's more than 1,800 employees, their spouses and children were approved in November.

As part of the new agreements, employees' costs will be reduced if they complete an online health risk assessment, a physical and screenings provided by Excela.

Nancy Urick, manager of community and government relations at Excela, said the screenings including blood pressure, blood work to check sugar and cholesterol levels, a diabetes risk assessment and body composition analysis. The tests will provide a “snapshot” of the kinds of health issues employees have.

Commissioner Ted Kopas called the screenings a great opportunity.

“In the end, it's all going to make us healthier and save money,” he said.

Employees are to set up appointments through Excela Health, Urick said. Screenings will be conducted at the courthouse on Feb. 27 and March 7, at Westmoreland Manor on Feb. 28 and March 5, and at the Westmoreland County jail on March 20.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

 

 

 
 


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