Freeholders Announce Partnership Health Center
On Feb. 28, 2017, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously voted to award a contract to Princeton-based Integrity Health, LLC to establish, manage and operate an on-site health, wellness and care coordination center for county employees, employee dependents and retirees who are covered under the county’s health plan. The center will become known as the Somerset County Partnership Health Center (SCPHC).
“Somerset County is always looking for first-class innovation in the way we spend taxpayer money and deliver services, so I am proud and excited to announce this new partnership with Integrity Health,” said Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire. “We understand that one of the biggest factors associated with our county budget is the rising cost of health care and we have worked hard over the years to control these costs.
“By partnering with Integrity Health, we are going to provide better health outcomes for our employees at a lower cost to our taxpayers,” he said. “After an exhaustive and diligent process that began over a year ago, we evaluated companies from across the country in a competitive review and chose Integrity.”
Integrity Health offers health plan sponsors and their eligible employees a customized and complete administrative program for healthcare. Integrity Health has been very successful at saving employers and employees money by providing easier access to effective care within a patient-centered medical environment.
This is done by offering eligible employees multiple primary care services at one location close to where they work and live. This eliminates expensive and unnecessary emergency room charges, provides convenient access to care so medical needs are not compounded, and allows primary care to be coordinated with hospitals and specialists to minimize repeat doctor visits.
Integrity Health Chairman and CEO Doug Forrester said, “We are very pleased to work with Somerset County leadership in their continuing efforts to control health care costs for county employees and taxpayers alike. Our motto is ‘Lower Costs Through Better Health’ and we look forward to bringing the success of this philosophy to Somerset County as we have for other health plans. Even though utilization of the health center by eligible county employees will be strictly voluntary, given our track record, I am confident that the overwhelming majority of employees will come to trust the first-class health care and coordination they will receive.”
“Somerset County continues to invest in the health and wellness of our employees,” said County Administrator Michael J. Amorosa. “Our employees will not pay a copay when visiting the SCPHC or for prescriptions dispensed there. The SCPHC will be open seven days a week and staffed by board-certified professionals. This will give employees and their dependents a convenient, local option for many of their health care needs.”
All services offered at the SCPHC will be provided on a no-copay basis, which will result in hundreds of dollars saved per eligible family per year. The SCPHC will provide primary care physicians, lab services, and a full pharmacy. The center is scheduled to open later this year.