St. Joseph Health System Partners with ImmuneTech to Provide Innovative Allergy Testing Through Workplace Health Initiative Services

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ImmuneTech Allergy Diagnostic Test Ideal for Corporate and Community Health Setting

St. Joseph Health System in Sonoma County, California, will offer an innovative, simple allergy diagnostic test to employers who partner with the health care provider to improve the health and well-being of their workforce.

Allergies are an under-recognized epidemic. They affect 1 in 4 people in the United States and only 14% are properly diagnosed. There is a general lack of understanding about allergies and how they contribute to other health issues such as asthma, digestive disorders, migraines, eczema, etc.

Studies have shown that allergic disease is a key driver of presenteesim, absenteeism and direct medical costs. Allergies have a tremendous impact on productivity and the bottom line. Companies are starting to look at health as an investment and are finding ways to help employees proactively manage some of their health related issues. Until now, there has not been a practical way to incorporate allergy testing into wellness programs, and coupled with recommended treatment, can lead to a significant increase in employee efficiency and reduction in sick days.

ImmuneTech, Inc., an emerging life science company, has developed a simplified yet effective test that also provides a personal comprehensive plan on how to better manage the allergies that are diagnosed. The test is conducted with a simple finger stick. It is FDA cleared and clinically proven to be as accurate as blood tests performed by major laboratories or at a physician’s office.

St. Joseph Health System provides health and wellness services in and beyond Sonoma County. The organization operates Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Petaluma Valley Hospital, in addition to numerous non-acute outpatient services and community health programs. By providing ImmuneTech’s allergy test, St. Joseph Health System’s workforce wellness outreach program aims to raise awareness about allergies and enable individuals to identify chronic allergy symptoms so these symptoms can be proactively managed.

St. Joseph recently conducted allergy screenings at the 2011 Wine Country Senior Games, LEMO USA and Parkview Gardens, all with great success.

“Allergies are an unspoken burden to society,” said Jeannie Calverley, Employer Relations Specialist, Workforce Health Initiative, St. Joseph Health System - Sonoma County. “Offering the public an accessible and simple way to detect allergies can have a tremendous effect by helping individuals identify and act upon their specific needs to treat, manage and prevent allergies.”

“ImmuneTech is committed to seeing allergy testing not only become more accessible but also to providing individuals with tools to control their allergies and not have their allergies control them," said Lisa Elkins, CEO of ImmuneTech. "We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with St. Joseph Health System to provide health-related solutions to the public.”

About St. Joseph Health System
St. Joseph Health System – Sonoma County (SJHS-SC) is an integrated healthcare delivery organization sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of the communities it serves. Entities include Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma, St. Joseph Urgent Care Centers, and St. Joseph Home Care Network. SJHS-SC’s employees offer residents of the Redwood Empire a spectrum of healthcare services. These include general acute care hospital services, trauma services, urgent care services, health prevention and promotion, outpatient behavioral health care, palliative care, rehabilitation, home care, and community benefit programs that improve the health of our communities and the quality of life in Sonoma County.

About ImmuneTech
ImmuneTech (http://www.immunetech.com) is a leading healthcare technology company focused on improving accessibility and affordability to the broader population in the area of allergy diagnostics.

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