One of Chippewa County's largest employers, TTM Technologies, later this month will open an on-site health center for its 750 workers and their adult dependents, the company announced Monday.
"The Chippewa Valley has one of the highest health care rates in Wisconsin, which means significant costs in our employee medical costs," said Kari Dahl, the Chippewa Falls plant's human resources manager, in a press release.
The on-site center will act as a normal clinic and will be managed by a third party. It will include three staff members, including a nurse practitioner, a licensed practical nurse and a physical therapist. There will be two equipped exam room, a physical therapy room and a lab with equipment. The offered services include preventative care, acute care, and lab work and prescription medication.
The charge for an appointment to TTM workers is $30.
"While the initial cost of building and equipping the center has been considerable, the substantial cost savings now and in the future for both employees and the organization will be well worth the effort," Dahl said.
TTM, which manufactures printed circuit boards, is not the first in the area with an on-site clinic. The Chippewa Falls School District opened its own on-site clinic, Cardinal Healthy Clinic, housed in the Korger Chestnut Building, on July 10.
A ribbon cutting for the health center has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 27.