SPRINGFIELD, Tennessee (WKRN) — Robertson County, Robertson County Schools and the City of Springfield are putting employee health first and opening a new medical clinic that all its staff can use for free.
Joseph Bruton, a bus driver from Robertson County Schools, works part-time, so he didn’t qualify for health insurance. With children with special needs at home requiring adequate medical care, the cost of doctor visits mounted.
“If something catastrophic happened or I needed a regular procedure, it would have been overkill for me, so this is a great program for us,” Bruton said.
Robertson County, Robertson County Schools and Springfield were awarded grants to open the clinic. It took officials about a year to complete the renovation.
Now that it’s open, staff and their families can get sick visits, checkups and fill their generic prescriptions free of charge, even if they’re uninsured.
“There are two major barriers that keep people from getting healthcare. It’s about cost and convenience, and we’ve eliminated both,” said Todd Garlington, the president of Medical Analysis.
Before the clinic, the district, city and school district employees would have to wait days or weeks to get to the doctor and would take half or full day to go. Now they can schedule clinic appointments earlier or walk in during their lunch break.
“They see their patients in about 12 to 15 minutes, so it’s easy. You enter, you are checked out, and then you can either go back to work or take your prescriptions. If you have to get sick, you can,” says Dr. Chris Causey, director of Robertson County Schools.
In addition, the entities hope that the free clinic will be a powerful tool in recruiting and retaining the best staff.
“Every time you give benefits, you can hire more people, and that’s a big plus for all counties because right now we’re all in deficit,” said Robertson County Mayor Billy Vogle.
Executives will continue to adjust the activities in the clinic to best accommodate their employees. There is room to expand if needed.