Health centers aim to contain healthcare costs and improve the continuum of care for more than 7,500 members and their families
Winooski, Vermont and Cleveland, Ohio, April 17, 2019 – Marathon Health, LLC, a provider of onsite health centers that enable employers and unions to optimize the health of their workforce and members, today announced the opening of two health and wellness centers under agreements with Cleveland-based IBEW Local 38 and Laborers Local 310. More than 7,500 members and their families are eligible to use primary and preventive care, physical therapy, and counseling services provided at the health centers in Beachwood and Brooklyn, Ohio.
Local 38 sponsors a Taft-Hartley benefit trust serving thousands of organized electrical workers and their families in northeast Ohio. Since its founding in 1895, the union has led the nation in negotiations for fair work hours, wages, benefits, and safe working conditions. In addition, they helped put an end to child labor in the United States and are committed to ensuring fair treatment of injured and retired workers. Local 38 has helped ignite Greater Cleveland’s expansion. Local 38 members have contributed to successful new construction and to major renovations, including the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Rocket Fieldhouse/Quicken Loans Arena.
Since its chartering in 1925, Local 310 has provided highly-trained and reliable laborers for construction sites in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Local 310 laborers work for more than 600 construction contractors in Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties. Local 310 members tend many trades in the construction industry including carpenters, cement masons, bricklayers, plasterers, floor layers, operating engineers, and plumbers. Local 310 is an affiliate of Laborer’s International Union of North America and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
Under its agreements with the Local 310 and Local 38 health and welfare funds, Marathon Health will improve the continuum of care by collaborating with regional health systems and wellness providers. The two new locations ensure that members and their families will have access – focused on the needs and work schedules of construction industry employees – to the right care, at the right time, by the right providers.
Services at the health centers include health assessments, acute care, wellness coaching, physical therapy, and counseling. The health centers are staffed by a physician, a physician assistant, a family nurse practitioner, three medical assistants, a physical therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. All services performed at the center are provided free of charge to eligible participants in the Local 310 and Local 38 affiliated health and welfare funds.
"We are happy to team up with Laborers Local 310 to provide medical services, physical therapy, coaching, and counseling for our members and their families. We believe that Marathon will provide the right services to keep our members mentally and physically fit to perform their construction jobs so that they can have great careers and healthy lives,” said Dennis Meaney, Business Manager and Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 38.
Terence P. Joyce, the Business Manager of Local 310, said, “The quality of healthcare for chronic and acute diseases and injuries in northeast Ohio equals and exceeds care anywhere else in the world due to the world class leadership of three major hospital systems headquartered in Cleveland. Our members have helped build these medical institutions from the ground up. Now, we are using the health and welfare fund to enhance acute care, prevention, and lifelong wellness to assure the health and productivity for construction workers and their families.
“We’re proud to partner with IBEW Local 38 and Laborers Local 310 in providing this valuable benefit to contribute to the longevity of union members,” said Jerry Ford, CEO of Marathon Health. “Our direct healthcare services and our patient navigation focus helps ensure access to the level of care that is required. With greater access to primary and preventive care, we help keep the workforce healthier today, and decrease injury and long-term disability tomorrow.”
Marathon Health’s approach resonates with unions across the country to improve health,
increase access to care Unions share Marathon’s vision of containing healthcare costs for
working families by improving long-term health and outcomes.
Marathon Health’s total population health management services include primary care, acute care, health assessments, health coaching, chronic condition coaching, behavioral health, physical therapy, pharmacy, registered dietitian services, and occupational health. This healthcare solution is proven to reduce total population health risks, saving employees and their employer’s time and money.
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About Marathon Health
Marathon Health offers a proven solution for engaging helping employers reduce the total cost of healthcare. The Marathon Health approach integrates the best practices of onsite primary care, health assessment with risk identification, coaching and advocacy, and disease management for high cost chronic conditions. Marathon Health supports its unique model with an eHealth Portal delivering medical content, interactive diet and fitness tools, a personal health record, and an electronic medical record to manage care. For more information, please visit www.marathon-health.com.
About Local 310
Building Laborers Local Union No. 310, LIUNA, is located at 3250 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Local 310 provides sought after, trained, reliable and competent laborers to every major construction site in Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties Ohio to more than 600 signatory contractors.
Local 310 laborers tend numerous trades in the construction industry including carpenters, cement masons, bricklayers, plasterers, floor layers, operating engineers and plumbers. Local 310 provides qualified asbestos and hazardous waste abatement workers to the industry. To meet the growing needs of the regional construction industry, Local 310 sponsors an apprenticeship program developed with the Construction Employers’ Association. Local 310’s apprentices and experienced journey workers are well-equipped to handle the ever-changing demands of the construction industry.
About Local 38
Local 38 represents over 2,000 electrical workers in the greater Cleveland area. These include electricians, voice, data, video (VDV) technicians, security technicians, audio visual (AV) technicians, lightning protection workers and electrical inspectors. The members of IBEW Local 38 serve five-year apprenticeships to become electricians, including 1,000 hours of classroom training and approximately 10,000 hours of on the job training (OJT). The Local 38 technicians serve three- year apprenticeships including 520 hours of classroom training and 6,000 hours of OJT. Local 38 has a 2,800 square foot training facility for apprentices and for journey worker continued education courses. The Local’s members do all facets of electrical work from fire alarm and energy management systems to emergency backup systems and high voltage equipment. The members of Local 38 have been powering northeast Ohio since 1895.