City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: Nov. 10, 2008
Free onsite wellness clinic for employees
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. – (Nov. 10, 2008) – Employees of the City of Goodyear can now take advantage of an on-site, free health wellness clinic three mornings each week.
The clinic is open to employees and their spouses, but not to children. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead when possible is recommended.
Employees who are feeling sick or suffering from minor injuries will be seen by a physician’s assistant from 8 a.m. until noon, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The P.A. can write prescriptions for and dispense many common medications at the time of the patient’s visit, eliminating a trip to the pharmacy, saving time and money.
The clinic is equipped to handle most basic urgent-care type issues. However, conditions requiring X-rays or other advanced care will be referred to the nearest urgent care facility associated with the clinic.
A visit to the clinic will typically take less than 45 minutes away from the employee’s work day.
Employees are welcome to stop in for wellness and blood pressure checks. The clinic does not handle major health issues such as cancer or diabetes. Severe conditions such as heart attack and stroke are not treated at the clinic, and patients are advised to go immediately to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.
The Goodyear Health Clinic is located inside Fire Station 185 at PebbleCreek, 15875 W. Clubhouse Dr., near PebbleCreek Parkway and Clubhouse Drive. It features a private exam room with a small waiting area. When not in use as a clinic, the space is used by Goodyear Fire staff members and a volunteer nurse who offers blood pressure screenings and other wellness services.
The estimated annual cost of the clinic is anticipated to be between $75,000 and $95,000, and will be largely offset by savings the city will realize by having employee Commercial Drivers License and Workers’ Compensation exams done onsite, and by giving Hepatitis B and flu shots at the clinic instead of utilizing an outside vendor.