The clinic will be staffed by Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Its operating expenses will be supported through a partnership with Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna Corp., which insures the city's employee health care plan.
“With the city's renewed emphasis on health and wellness, we wanted to provide a convenient way for our employees to be seen and treated by a medical professional,” Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. said in a joint statement released Wednesday. “Too often, we put off going to the doctor because we have other things to do.”
Patients will be charged a flat rate of $15 for clinic visits, according to the statement.
“(Memphis) employees will have easy access to high quality care at a very affordable cost,” said David Cummings, administrator of Methodist Healthcare's community care division. “This increased access will allow them to be seen earlier by a medical professional, which should allow them to return to work quicker or mitigate any absence from work at all.”