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Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Thursday that it’s partnering with Marathon Health of Winooski, Vermont, to pilot a local health clinic near the company’s Carroll County plants.
The company said the clinic will give employees and their families easier access to high-quality health care and, in most cases, at no cost.
Tyson announced in early September that it would pilot seven of these clinics in Lexington, Nebraska; Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Storm Lake, Iowa; Holcomb, Kansas; and other locations that have not yet been disclosed.
The Carroll County clinic will serve employees at Tyson’s Green Forest and Berryville plants.
“We’re piloting these clinics to promote a culture of health in our company that results in a healthier workforce,” Johanna Söderström, Tyson’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, said in a news release. “Some of our frontline team members aren’t using their health plan benefits, and others don’t seek care until there’s a crisis. We want to change that by providing access to care that can help detect health conditions early and promote healthy habits.”
Marathon Health will operate the clinic and collaborate with community health providers to provide primary and preventive care, including health screenings, lifestyle coaching and health education, as well as behavioral health counseling. Clinic services are an addition to the benefits already offered to full-time employees.
“Partnering with Tyson to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees and families is an honor for Marathon Health,” CEO Jerry Ford said in the release. “We offer care that often looks beyond the symptoms and helps people take new actions around their own health. We are excited to see the profound changes in the lives of the people we will serve at the Tyson health centers.”
Sammie Cribbs, COO and CNO of the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, said the company will work with Tyson to enhance its health care efforts by providing additional services and wellness opportunities.
“This is an exciting time for the community, and NARMC is honored to be part of this growth opportunity,” Cribbs said.