|Dr. Roger Merrill, Chief Medical Officer at Perdue Farms, speaks at the grand opening of the company's newest Wellness Center in Salisbury, Md.|
|Jeanne Mills, right, Wellness Center Supervisor, explains the role of the Wellness Center to Steve White, chief of the Parsonsburg (Md.) Fire Department, as Wellness Center Dr. Nick Borodulia looks on.|
|The Wellness Center staff from left are Connie Adkins, Medical Assistant, Jeanne Mills, Supervisor, and Dr. Nick Borodulia.|
Salisbury, Md. (Friday, June 27, 2014) — Perdue Farms celebrated the opening of its newest on-site primary and occupational health care Wellness Center today located at the Perdue AgriBusiness complex in Salisbury. The Wellness Center, a $45,000 capital investment in the health and wellness of its associates and their eligible family members, provides convenient access to affordable primary care.
“Most employers health plans focus on delivering treatment,” said Chairman Jim Perdue. “We’ve developed a program that delivers better health. It’s a substantial investment on the part of our company, but the payback is that our associates and their families are healthier. That’s a return on investment that benefits our associates, our company and the community.”
The Wellness Center offers primary care, occupational health services and onsite laboratory draws. The 900-square-foot Wellness Center is among 15 located at the company’s major facilities and the fourth on the Delmarva Peninsula. Perdue also has Wellness Centers located at its Delmarva facilities in Georgetown and Milford, Del., and Accomac, Va. More than 350 associates work at the Zion Church Road Complex representing Perdue AgriBusiness, Perdue Transportation Inc., a feed mill, hatchery and garage.
“For our associates and their covered dependents, the Wellness Center becomes their family doctor,” said Dawn Carey, Perdue Farms’ Director of Corporate HealthWorks and Wellness. “That’s because the Wellness Center is a doctor’s office — it just happens to be located where our associates work.”
Perdue’s onsite Wellness Centers overcome two of the biggest obstacles to obtaining primary health care: accessibility and affordability. Employees can make appointments to see a health-care provider at the Wellness Center without taking time off from work and while still getting paid for the time. Perdue partners with health care professionals from the community to provide onsite medical care.
For associates and dependents covered by Perdue’s insurance, the cost to visit the Wellness Center is only a $15 co-pay. Employees not covered by Perdue’s insurance can visit the Wellness Center for $30 per visit.
The Wellness Center is part of Perdue’s comprehensive health and wellness program, which emphasizes primary care and control of risk factors and manageable diseases. The program includes the Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP), a voluntary workplace health promotion program. HIP received national recognition as a C. Everett Koop Health Award winner and was honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a Secretary’s Innovation in Prevention Award. Perdue also offers discounted health insurance to employees who voluntarily participate in HIP, see a primary care provider on a regular basis and agree to take an active role in managing their risk factors.
About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN NATURAL® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. To learn more about Perdue Farms visit www.perduefarms.com.
About Perdue AgriBusiness
Perdue AgriBusiness is ranked among the largest grain companies in the United States and is a leading merchandiser, processor and exporter of agricultural products. Through our 70 elevator locations with more than 75 million bushels of storage, three protein blend mills, four oilseed crushing operations and an edible oil refinery, Perdue AgriBusiness serves markets across the United States and around the world. We help our customers prosper with flexible, forward-thinking solutions for agriculturally based products. Learn more about Perdue AgriBusiness at www.perdueagribusiness.com.