Shields Bag & Printing Boosts Employee Health Benefits with Onsite Clinic

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The Yakima-based manufacturing company is opening a Health & Wellness Clinic as an innovative answer to employee healthcare needs and ever rising healthcare costs. Adding the onsite clinic to its self-funded health plan is a strategic benefits solution that gives employees and their dependents primary care access plus wellness support to manage chronic health conditions.

Family-owned Shields Bag & Printing manufacturing company opens its new onsite health and wellness clinic on September 26th. The company has taken an innovative, employee-focused approach to health benefits after a strategy discussion with their employee benefits broker, EmSpring, led them to consider adding an employer based onsite clinic to its self-funded health plan.

“We didn’t think we were large enough for an onsite clinic, but EmSpring helped us learn otherwise,” says Lisa Shields Long, Shields CEO. She goes on to say that the more she spoke with employees about their healthcare, the more determined she became to make the clinic a reality. “I was shocked to learn many of our employees didn’t have a primary care doctor. Others didn’t manage chronic conditions well because they found cost of care to be prohibitive.” When EmSpring CEO Dan Fisher introduced Long to EBMS’ miCare Business Operations Manager, Jarrod Weenum, the rapport was immediate.

“EBMS, as a benefit administration and management company, began miCare to answer our employer clients’ need to provide care to employees,” Weenum explains. The employer-sponsored onsite clinic is an effective solution that gives employees and their dependents access to quality healthcare in a time of escalating care costs.

“EBMS has quickly become a partner to Shields,” Long states. “We know how to make plastic – we don’t know how to set up or run an onsite health and wellness clinic. Shields is committed to providing its employees with what every family deserves – quality healthcare. The miCare Clinic lets us do that.”

Shields, EmSpring, and miCare are deep in implementation with the September 26th Grand Opening right around the corner. Yakima area press corps are invited to attend the clinic’s Open House for employees, September 25th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

About Shields Bag & Printing

Based in Yakima, Washington, Shields Bag and Printing is a manufacturer of more than 100 lines of flexible, state-of-the-art blown film products that ship to all seven continents. As a custom blown film extruder, Shields extrudes, prints and converts film for use in a wide range of industries. Founded in 1935, the family-owned company has roughly 500 employees. http://web.shieldsbag.com

For more information, contact:
Lisa Shields Long, Shields Bag & Printing
(509) 248-7500

About miCare

miCare, an employer based on-site clinic, removes typical barriers for an employer’s enrolled health plan members, providing primary care for an organization's employees and their dependents. miCare clinics allow more members to access quality medical care, to manage their chronic conditions, and reduce their out-of-pocket medical expenses with the ultimate goal of living healthier, more productive lives. miCare is a subsidiary of EBMS, which provides benefit administration and management for corporate employee benefit plans throughout the United States. http://www.micareclinics.com

For more information, contact:
Jarrod Weenum, micare Operations
(406) 869-6548

About EmSpring Corporation

EmSpring focuses on health insurance and self-funded medical plans, employee benefits, human resource information systems and integrated payroll technology for Pacific Northwest employers. EmSpring’s services include employee benefit plan consulting, benefit audits, insurance carrier negotiations, regulatory compliance, payroll services and individual insurance. The company is headquartered in Yakima, Washington, with branch offices in Kirkland and Spokane. http://www.emspring.com

For more information, contact:
Nora Haile, EmSpring Communications
(206) 650-3308

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