Heil Environmental Solutions Group’s on-site health clinic recently welcomed John Moore, with North DeKalb Primary Care, as the new owner and CRNP.
Moore started as a combat medic in Desert Storm. He was a Navy corpsman who served with an infantry of the Marine Corps from 1990 to 1993. After that he attended Northeast Alabama Community College and received his nursing degree in 1998. He then went on to receive his nurse practitioner degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2013.
“As a registered nurse, I’ve worked in emergency rooms, trauma units, an adolescent psychiatric inpatient hospital, operating room, intensive care, recovery room and I’ve been a flight nurse on a helicopter,” Moore said. “I think it was a calling. I’d always wanted to be a doctor since I was a little bitty boy. I thought I was going to medical school in the military and actually ended up going to hospital corpsman school, which is not a doctor. Then I had so much fun after I got out of school and got attached to the Marine Corps. It was just something that was engrained in me. I was good at it, I liked it and it was a good feeling to be able to help people.”
He also said working in the medical field is one of the most rewarding jobs one can have.
“When you have a good day at work, you’ve probably saved somebody’s life, talked someone out of committing suicide, or you’ve given someone direction or instruction to lead a better life,” he said. “When you’ve had a good day at work, it’s a really, really good day.”
Although he has been working there for the past two years, Moore became the new owner/operator of this clinic, as well as one at Marathon Industries in Vernon, on Sept. 6.
Heil is a subsidiary of Dover Industries, which initially proposed the idea of an on-site clinic.
“What Dover is trying to do, since the (health care industry) has taken some hits, is to help employees counteract high deductibles and the rising cost of health care by establishing an on-site health clinic,” Moore said.
The local clinic opened up in 2014 and its mission is to save employees money, while creating a healthy and happy workforce.
Misti Romine, HR Advisor, said the company started a wellness initiative to combine convenience, simplicity and cost savings.
To gather that the clinic was “cost-saving,” Romine said they looked at the cost of visiting a doctor, the wages lost from time away from work and the disadvantage of having to wait in a waiting room. They concluded that it not only saves the employee money, but it could save them their life.
Moore said in the past two years, the clinic has been able to save at least five people’s lives because they discovered cancerous tumors early on and were able to be treated.
Any employee who is enrolled in the Dover Healthcare Plan can use the clinic free of charge. It is also a full family clinic for the employees’ family members who are on their insurance.
It covers childhood immunization, female and male wellness, cold, sickness and even work-related injuries.
“We probably see on average between 20 to 30 people a day,” Moore said. “We have a patient base of about 1500 people.”
Moore said he can see a maximum of 24 people a day, which allows a 20-minute visit with each patient, giving him more time to listen and provided them with the “tools to take care of themselves.”
The clinic itself is equipped with a waiting room, lactation room, procedure room, exam room and a lab, but Moore has big plans for its future.
He said the lab will be expanded, allowing him to treat patients right away.
“We have just minimal laboratory capability here,” he said.
They also plan to insert a new radiology room.
“We are going to be able to X-ray different occupational injuries, different complaints, twisted ankles, and do chest X-rays for bronchitis and pneumonia,” he said.
In addition to that, the clinic is going to be partnering with a pharmacy soon to have maintenance medications delivered to them. Moore can send an electronic prescription to the pharmacy and employees can pick up their medicine at work.
“It’s all about saving time and increasing productivity,” Moore said. “Here locally we have a happy and healthy bunch of employees. Convenience is the main thing.”
During Heil’s annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 15, Moore is partnering with the wellness team to present a 5k Color Run and a Health Fair. This is the third year for the race and Health Fair, and there will be medical vendors who can provide advice to visitors.
“Having the clinic onsite gives patients an option to balance various aspects of wellness, occupational, mental, physical or otherwise,” Romine said. “Patients can build a relationship with John, Belinda and Trey, opening opportunities to discuss measures to approach their health and understand how all aspects of wellness affect them.”