Rehab company opens clinic at Boeing site
A rehab company has expanded its relationship with Boeing by opening a new on-site clinic at one of the company’s sites on the East Coast.
Agility Health in Grand Rapids, a provider of physical rehabilitation services and software, said last week that that it has added an on-site clinic for injury-prevention services at Boeing’s Philadelphia-area location in Ridley Township, Pa.
The services will be administered by Work-Fit, a subsidiary of Agility Health.
The global aerospace giant Boeing, based in Chicago, provides Work-Fit services to its employees at locations throughout the country through its Industrial Athlete program.
The expansion to the company’s Ridley Township, Pa. site is a result of the Work-Fit program growing in correlation to the success it has had at existing locations, said Terry Vanderkruyk, chief corporate development officer, Agility Health.
“Work-Fit has been involved at Boeing for several years, and our relationship with them has expanded significantly during that time,” Vanderkruyk said. “We are part of their Industrial Athlete program, which is a very innovative program developed at Boeing, which they are implementing throughout their various manufacturing facilities.”
Steve Davidson, CEO at Agility Health, said the company is “thrilled to expand our relationship with a leading organization such as The Boeing Company.”
Work-Fit offers injury-prevention management, on-site rehabilitation and wellness programs by implementing a sports medicine and athletic training model into the workplace.
By focusing on proactive and reactive therapies, Work-Fit teams strive to reduce musculoskeletal issues seen in the work environment.
Vanderkruyk said Work-Fit services include educating employees about how to perform tasks in an alternative manner to reduce strain and work-related injuries and developing work-planning strategies.
“Should one of the employees injure themselves, they would work with the Work-Fit professional to think about different ways to do the same function,” Vanderkruyk said. “They are available typically 24 hours a day in these manufacturing facilities and can help with an issue on-site immediately.”
Vanderkruyk said the on-site availability of the services allows employees to “either get back to work or not exacerbate the injury.”
Impacts and growth
Davidson said that Agility Health’s corporate clients experience several workforce benefits: lower work-related injuries, faster recovery from injuries, lower absenteeism and improved overall health of employees.
Vanderkruyk added that the Agility Health is also seeing increased usage of Work-Fit services with other clients, such as American Airlines, Ford and Medtronic, based on the benefits to the business and employees.
“It absolutely works,” Vanderkruyk said. “We are really excited about Work-Fit and the potential it has. We know existing clients are expanding their programs, and we think this is a significant opportunity to grow that piece of the business. It really has been quite a success story for us.”
Agility Health officially closed on the acquisition of Work-Fit in October of 2013 for roughly $7.3 million.
Through worksite-based prevention and wellness programs, Work-Fit offered cost-containment services to more than 50,000 client employees at 20 job sites and 10 states, at the time of the deal.