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Article / To Our Health

To Our Health.

By Steph Kukuljan  – Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

The St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council is planning a "one-stop shop" members-only wellness center in an effort to boost health and reduce costs.

The council is partnering with Cerner Corp., a Kansas City-based health services company, on the clinic being built at the council's Hampton Avenue location in St. Louis.  The new members wellness center will provide a one-stop shop, no co-pay option for carpenters and their families.

Among the services the council said it is planning to offer are annual physicals, mental health and substance abuse counseling, occupational injury assessment and treatment, and X-ray and lab services. Additional details about a specific health care provider were not available.

“The new wellness center will provide our members with convenient health care without any out-of-pocket expenses,” Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer Al Bond said. “By creating a one-stop-shop for health and wellness, we hope to increase the health of our membership and their families while also reducing overall health care costs.”

A 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 5 percent to an average of $19,616. But wages and inflation have not kept pace this year, growing at a rate of 2.6 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Since 2008, Kaiser said, average family premiums have grown 55 percent while wages grew just 26 percent and inflation 17 percent.

Berkeley-based Interface Construction has been tapped for the roughly $6.3 million construction of the 20,000-square-foot addition. No exact date has been set for construction to begin, but the project is slated to wrap up by summer 2019.

The St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council represents more than 20,000 members in 33 locals across Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois.