New health center 'good positive for the community'

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019 12:01 am

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Matt Holt sees benefits of the new Dot Foods Family Health Center that reach beyond the company's employees and their families.

"We're excited not just to create the Family Health Center but to create more foot traffic on Main Street that helps Mount Sterling do well," said Holt, Dot vice president of human resources. "The new building and the traffic it brings, the nice architectural look will be a good positive for the community."

Construction continues on the center, located at 208 West Main and slated to open in January with a nurse practitioner and additional nursing staff to serve about 5,000 employees, their spouses and dependent children covered by Dot's medical insurance.

"Finding another way to serve our employees is good for everybody -- good for families and by extension good for all our business partners including our customers," Holt said.

Premise Health will operate the center which will include four exam rooms, a testing lab, two doctor's offices, waiting rooms and a rehabilitation center – all designed to make care readily accessible for Dot employees.

"In many cases, a lack of convenience, quality care and cost will keep people from having regular physicals," Holt said. "The Family Health Center makes it easy to get care right down the street at low cost or no cost."

Health care services include condition management and education for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, annual physicals, wellness screenings, commercial driver's license certification, lab work, flu shots, generic prescriptions and physical therapy.

The emphasis will be wellness and identifying health concerns "they can act on through behavior or medicine or procedures," Holt said.

"The health of our employees and their families is incredibly important to us," Dot Foods CEO Joe Tracy said. "We've seen at several other Dot locations across the country that our Family Health Centers are a great way to fill those needs."

Dot opened its first on-site clinic in 2013 in Georgia. The Mount Sterling site will be the company's fifth.

The Mount Sterling Family Health Center will be located on the first floor of a new two-story building being built by Dot. As part of the project, Dot also is renovating the First National Bank building at 100 West Main, which is connected to the center, into retail space with the second floor of both buildings planned as apartments.

Dot has partnered with several local contractors on the project including Maas Construction, Brinkman Plumbing, Marold Electric, Huber/Aschemann Masonry, Peters Heating and Air, Moore's Floors, Adams County Glass and Goerlich Roofing.

"We're sure that we're going to have a facility that a high number and a high percentage will use, that speaks to the value employees see not just in the Family Health Center but with their employment with Dot," Holt said.