Staff offered screenings by Excela under agreement
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 1 injured in Mt. Pleasant Twp. accident
- Machine operator avoids serious injuries in accident in North Huntingdon
- He hasn’t just fiddled around
- At 87, Rostraver man still entertains fans of polka music
- Expansion in works for Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum
- Greensburg finalizes deal to provide sign language interpreter for soccer program
- Former Pagans leader works out plea agreement
- Harhai campaign emails from 2007 under review, Westmoreland County DA says
- Treatment ponds for mine drainage planned for Unity
- Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water