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Somerset County Employees' Health Center Opens in Somerville

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From left, Sen. Kip Bateman, Freeholder Brian Levine, Freeholder Mark Caliguire, Integrity Health CEO Doug Forrester and Freeholder Brian Gallagher. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and officials from Integrity Health gathered for a June 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new health care facility on East Main Street.

The Somerset County Partnership Health Center (SCPHC) will serve as an on-site health, wellness and care coordination center for employees of Somerset County, the county Park Commission, the county Library System, and the county Vo-Tech School and their dependents and retirees who are covered under the health plan of the Somerset County Health Insurance Commission. It is not open to the public.

“This is a day we have been looking forward to for a long time and we couldn’t be more excited for the impact this facility is going to make on the lives of the people in this county for years to come,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione. “This continues our commitment to tackle the nationwide concern of health care cost. We are committed to controlling the costs of health care, while also bringing quality care to our employees.”

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In February of last year, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously voted to award the contract to Integrity Health. All services offered at the SCPHC will be provided on a no-copay basis, which will result in hundreds of dollars saved per eligible family per year. The SCPHC will provide primary care physicians, lab services, and a full pharmacy.

“This facility is a first-class innovation in county government. It’s consistent with the Somerset County track record of providing quality government services at good value,” said Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, who initiated and led the process of the creation of the health and wellness center. “Our goal is to provide quality health care for our employees and to do it as efficiently as possible. This approach accomplishes both goals. I look forward to working together with Integrity Health to making this a model for other government entities to follow.”

Integrity Health offers health plan sponsors and their eligible employees a customized and complete administrative program for healthcare. Integrity Health has been very successful at saving employers and employee’s money by providing easier access to effective care within a patient-centered medical environment. This is done by offering eligible employees multiple primary care services at one location close to where they work and live. This eliminates expensive and unnecessary emergency room charges and provides convenient access to care.

“I am confident that the overwhelming majority of employees will come to trust the first-class health care and coordination they will receive,” said Integrity Health Chairman and CEO Doug Forrester. “The SCPHC has the potential to do great things for a person’s health and wellness and will have the added benefit of saving money both for employees and county taxpayers.”

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