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HealthNation Offers Telemedicine Services To Employers

The digital age has redefined our way of living, and HealthNation has found a way so that employee healthcare is redefined, too.

HealthNation, a company based in Arizona, provides telemedicine services to employers and their employees.

As defined by the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is the use of electronic communications to exchange medical information to benefit a patient’s health status. This can range from remote patient monitoring to direct patient consultation.

For HealthNation, this means 24-access to doctors via phone, email or video conference, and electronic medical records. According to its spokesperson, Dr. Tami Romano, it also means avoiding the emergency room and urgent care costs, therefore increasing productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

For employers, this means cost-saving bundles and a healthier workforce.

For an average family of four, the expected savings from HealthNation is about $2,200 if they have an additional PPO health plan — $4,700 if they have a high-deductible plan. Romano estimates that there are even more savings when the employee is uninsured after taking into account inpatient, outpatient and other associated costs.

Other benefits of employees are scheduling benefits. Patients have access to medical attention when they need it, and even just as importantly, where they need it. Patients also have access to reduced prices (more than 40 percent) to prescriptions as well as access to naturopathic doctors. Other services include patient advocacy programs to assist those struggling with billing issues and finding facilities and laboratories that are highly cost effective.

HealthNation believes that a combination of all of these benefits will reduce the health risks of employees, increase employee loyalty and productivity, allow for fewer sick days and more days at work.

Romano, however, acknowledges the difficult transition between traditional medicine and telemedicine. She says the biggest transitional period occurs during the adjustment to the mindset that telemedicine, and not any other traditional approach, is now the first line of defense against challenges to health.

“Patients need to be educated on being proactive with their healthcare needs, to use online resources for wellness programs to stay healthy,” Romano says. “When acute illness occurs, access the healthcare system initially using telehealth rather than go into the ER or urgent care. It is more cost effective, convenient and safe. Often times, people just need information, and the comfort of talking with a doctor and the peace of mind go a long way.”

HealthNation believes, however, that this instant, 24-hours/seven-days-a-week access to certified physicians will allow patients a myriad of options and strategies for a more proactive and healthy lifestyle.

For more information on HealthNation and telemedicine, visit HealthNation’s website at healthnation.net.

Jeff Clarkson - AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

After Hours: Jeff Clarkson

After Hours: Jeff Clarkson

Knowing more about the people we work with is the fun side of the business. It helps start conversations and strengthens business relationships. To nominate a colleague, request an After Hours form from Peter Madrid, peter.madrid@azbigmedia.com.

Jeff Clarkson

  • Vice President of Healthcare McCarthy Building Companies.
  • Born in Norfolk, Neb.
  • Attended Univ. of Nebraska where he studied construction management.
  • With McCarthy for 15 years in its Tempe office.

Responsibilities

Clarkson leads the Healthcare Services Business Unit for McCarthy’s Southwest Region. He has delivered projects totaling more that $840M and nearly 2 MSF.

Favorites

Sports Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

Activities: Building things (with my hands), woodworking for example; fishing, skiing and spending time with my family.

Destinations: On a favorite lake in Minnesota relaxing; any place off the beaten path. I would like to visit Alaska.

Accomplishments

On a personal level, I’m most proud f my kids. On a professional level, I’m most proud of the award-winning, $121M, 338,000 SF Banner Gateway Medical Center project in Gilbert that my team delivered in a record 20 months.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I bake and decorate elaborate birthday cakes for my children’s birthdays. My interest started when I was a Boy Scout at age 10. The business next door to my parents’ (business) was a craft shop. I spotted cake-decorating items in the window. I was determined to make a haunted house cake for a fundraiser.

Advice

Received: From my father: “A job not worth doing right is probably a job not worth doing at all.”

To Share: Always do the right thing.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Phoenix Children's Hospital, sustainable hospital expansion, kitchell, HKS inc.

Sustainable Hospital Expansion – Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the country’s 10 largest health care facilities for children. With the rapidly growing pediatric population in our market, the hospital recently reached the half-way point of a $588 million expansion, which includes the construction of a new 11-story patient tower that will nearly double available beds by 2012. The hospital is not only providing a healthy future for its patients with this significant expansion, the project has also embraced sustainability practices in its design, construction, and operations that will support a healthy future for our community.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital takes its responsibility as a health care leader seriously. The hospital made the commitment to build green based on several key considerations: increased public health, reduced operational costs, and a focus on corporate social responsibility.

Promoting the health of patients, visitors, employees, community members, and the global community, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s expansion will result in economic and efficient operations. Along with its construction partners, design architects HKS Inc. of Dallas and general contractor Kitchell of Phoenix, Phoenix Children’s is building one of the most innovative and environmentally sound children’s hospitals in the nation.

At the heart of the Hospital’s sustainability effort is a Central Energy Plant (CEP) that now powers the 34-acre campus in the heart of Phoenix. This high efficiency CEP features an 800-ton water-to-water heat pump chiller, a technology widely used in the Middle East. In fact, Phoenix Children’s CEP employs the first application of the water-to-water heat pump chiller in a healthcare facility of its size in the United States. This innovative technology will translate to substantial energy savings for the hospital, in addition to boosting Phoenix’s conservation efforts overall. Results will include:

  • Conserving of 5.6 million gallons of water annually (the equivalent of the water needs of 120 households);
  • Reducing discharges to the sanitary sewer system by 600,000 gallons per year;
  • Reducing natural gas consumption by 70 percent; and
  • Saving nearly $11 million in energy and operating costs over 15 years.


The new hospital design also maximizes energy and water efficiency. In patient rooms, views of the mountains on both sides of the Valley will be maintained with high-performance low-e windows and sun-shading screens help to minimize solar heat gain. Additionally, the exterior lighting is designed to reduce light pollution. Combined with an efficient mechanical system design, the new building will use 20 percent less energy than maximum capacity required by code. Furthermore, the hospital is also a good steward of the community’s valuable water resources by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures with automatic flushing sensors that reduce water use in the new tower.

Indoor air quality is an important aspect of designing a sustainable hospital that creates a healing environment for Arizona’s youngest patients, and this process begins with selecting materials free of harmful chemicals. No mercury products or urea-formaldehyde resins were used in construction, and the new cooling system will use non-CFC refrigerant which prevents ozone depletion. Recycled flooring products and low-VOC paints and sealants will protect air quality.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has also implemented a strategic exterior design, planning for indigenous plants and trees to create exterior places of respite. Local flora line the sidewalks and keep visitors cool and reduce solar heat gain. An expanded cafeteria, roof garden, indoor areas with natural views, and other tranquil spaces on the new campus will help keep employees, patients, and families on-site and off the road during heavy traffic times. Notably, the new facility offers convenient bike storage, a staff locker room in the basement of the new tower, and preferred parking for carpool and alternative-energy cars.

Taking the lead in sustainable construction, the project team has created a paperless strategy where portals and online distribution of materials sent to subcontractors save paper, time, and money. Most notably, Kitchell has conducted a large effort in recycling. On average more than 70 percent of construction waste per month is recycled, which keeps a significant amount of materials out of landfills. Lastly, in a region where dust control in the streets and air can be quite challenging during construction, the site takes extreme measures to reduce the effects of dust on the neighboring community.

Utilizing sustainable design principles, thoughtful green construction techniques, and preparing for environmentally friendly operations, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital expansion is setting a new benchmark in sustainable healthcare design and development.

Navajo County Health Department, AZRE January/February 2010

Public: Navajo County Health Department


NAVAJO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Developer: Navajo County
General contractor: Urban Edge Builders
Architect: [merz] project
Location:
Show Low
Size: 10,300 SF

Construction on the $3M facility began Aug. 2009, with completion scheduled for April 2010. The development will provide a much-needed contemporary and centralized healthcare option to County residents. [merz]project also designed the Show Low City Hall and Public Library projects in the area.

AZRE January/February 2010