Standard Process reports employee health gains from onsite chiropractic care

Business Wire
April 07, 2014
Written by Business Wire
April 7, 2014 — One U.S. company has reported great gains in employee health thanks to its company-wide wellness program with chiropractic care as a core component, according to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care.
According to F4CP, Wisconsin-based Standard Process established its on-site wellness program in 2007. The company will soon issue a report of the program's comprehensive outcomes, which includes a 90 per cent employee participation, as well as:
• Reduced health-care claims and direct costs
• Higher rates of employee compliance and commitment to health improvement
• Enhanced employee productivity, health, satisfaction and retention

"On-site health clinics have become increasingly attractive among employers as a strategic tool to promote timely access to health-care services, contain costs and boost worker productivity," said Dr. Gerard Clum, D.C. and spokesperson, F4CP. "Doctors of chiropractic are well-trained in general wellness and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders – a leading cause of lost workdays and reduced efficiency – and are able to positively impact a more rapid return-to-work."

The F4CP reports a growing number of employers with on-site health clinics now include doctors of chiropractic as active members of the staff. According to the foundation, inclusion of chiropractic services represents great potential for reduced health-care expenditures, and improved patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.

In 2008, Mercer reported one in three employers with 500 or more employees offered on-site or near-site health clinics. By 2015, experts expect on-site health clinics to grow from approximately 2,200 to over 7,000 across the U.S. – serving more than 10 per cent of the population, under the age of 65.

The Wellness Council of America recently gave its highest honour, the Platinum Well Workplace Award, to Standard Process in recognition of the company’s leadership and innovation in workplace health promotion. Based on the success of its wellness program, Standard Process launched Cultivate by Standard Process, a new business unit that helps improve employee wellness, organizational efficiencies and the financial bottom line for companies through on-site wellness centres led by doctors of chiropractic.

Jerry Curtin, president and general manager of Cultivate by Standard Process, said, "The rising costs of health care and employee wellness are top of mind topics for executives across all industries. Through Cultivate and an on-site chiropractic expert, organizations of all sizes can realize tremendous employee and company benefits."

"Chiropractic contributes a non-invasive, drug-free approach to health care that presents significant benefits to employers and employees," said Clum. "As more evidence emerges further documenting the positive clinical and financial outcomes associated with chiropractic, I expect that an even greater number of employers will include chiropractic services within on-site clinics."

Each year, F4CP sponsors several conferences targeting the employer and health-care communities to better educate stakeholders about the role of chiropractic care. In 2014, F4CP will communicate the value of chiropractic within on-site health centres and the experience of Standard Process.

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