Volvo opens medical center at production facility

Jason Cannon

September 25, 2013

The Volvo Group this week opened Family First Medical Center & Pharmacy at its Hagerstown, Md. powertrain development and production facility.

The first-class medical center is available to all Volvo Hagerstown-based employees and dependents enrolled in Volvo medical insurance plans and located on the campus of the company’s 1.5 million square-foot research and manufacturing facility.

The 6,000 square-foot center is designed to support Volvo’s continued efforts to promote wellness, manage healthcare costs and increase productivity for its workforce, Volvo says.

“The health and wellbeing of employees is a priority for the Volvo Group,” said Wade Watson, vice president and plant manager. “Beyond its employee wellness benefits, we believe this center will also help us attract and retain top talent, while reducing costs for both our employees and the company.”

The center and pharmacy offer the latest in healthcare technology, including routine primary care, chronic condition management and physical therapy.  It is open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and employs eight team members including a full-time physician and Walgreens pharmacist, as well as a nurse practitioner, wellness nurse, physical therapist and medical support personnel.

The facility is independently managed and operated by Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens Health and Wellness Company and the nation’s premier provider of workplace-based healthcare services.

The Family First Medical Center & Pharmacy represents a $1 million investment by the Volvo Group, and is in keeping with the company’s commitment to being an employer of choice.

The Hagerstown facility has been home to heavy-duty powertrain development and production since it opened as a Mack Trucks, Inc. facility in 1961. The Volvo Group acquired Mack and the Hagerstown plant in 2001, and since then has invested more than $350 million to modernize the facility, and install new production capability to produce the world’s cleanest burning heavy-duty diesel engines and advanced transmissions.

In 2012, the plant produced more than 45,000 engines and 21,000 transmissions for Volvo Group brands.

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