GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) The ribbon was cut Monday on a new health clinic in Greenville for city employees that won't cost them anything and save taxpayers money.
The employee health clinic officially opens Tuesday on Brownlea Drive.
City Councilwoman Kandie Smith says, "We've been talking about this for quite some time, but last year when we looked at the budget we said what can we do that can be a benefit to our employees?"
So the council decided in December to open their own health clinic for city employees, by partnering with Vidant.
It will allow city employees to use the clinic facilities with no out of pocket costs or leave time.
Workers can go to the clinic for minor illnesses, work related injuries and even preventive care, during their work day.
The city can also do drug screenings for employment.
Since the city is self-insured, anytime they can keep a employee out of the hospital or doctor's office, that's less the city has to pay.
Smith says, "It's going to save a lot of money, but we can still more importantly, take care of our employees."
The city says they put about $900,000 into this venture, but say by mid 2018, they'll recoup about $50,000 to $70,000 per year, depending on the staff's usage and health insurance cost.
The city contracted with Vidant to staff the clinic with a nurse practitioner and Dr.