Everside Health announces expansion into 34th state, Arizona
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| December 09, 2021
PHOENIX and DENVER, Dec. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Everside Health, LLC ("Everside"), a leading national direct primary care provider, announced today that it has expanded into Arizona – its 34th state – opening the first of three health centers for UA Local 469 Plumbers and Pipefitters ("UA Local 469").
UA Local 469 is the only Arizona-based chapter of The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada, representing over 355,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, service technicians, and welders across North America. Everside, which operates more than 350 health centers across over 140 U.S. markets and 34 states, opened 52 health centers in 2021 – an increase of 42% from the prior year.
Everside is fulfilling its commitment to providing affordable and accessible direct primary care to unions via Activate by Everside Health, the Company's dedicated division for unions. Activate has worked longer and with more unions than any other healthcare provider in the country, partnering with more than 35 unions representing more than 150,000 members and their families.
"We are excited about the opportunity to bring our differentiated healthcare model to a new state and provide union members with access to quality care at lower costs," said CEO of Everside Health, Chris Miller. "As the grandson of a bricklayer who was an active local union member, our work under Activate by Everside is particularly meaningful. We are proud to support the 7,500 hard-working members and families of UA Local 469."
As part of Everside's direct primary care model, the Company offers preventive health services onsite or near employer workforces, as well as virtually. This approach has been successful in helping union members and other employees better manage a wide array of costly, chronic health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. On average, unions and employers on the Everside program save 17% on claims costs by year three and 31% by year five, based on retrospective savings analysis.
UA Local 469's Activate Health and Wellness Center, located in Glendale, is the first direct primary care clinic in Arizona sponsored by a Taft-Hartley health and welfare fund, which represents a partnership between the labor union and local contractors. Locations in Gilbert and Phoenix are scheduled to open in early 2022.
Aaron Butler, business manager for UA Local 469, said, "The physical nature of plumbing and pipefitting, not to mention the long hours on jobs that are sometimes hours away from home, can take its toll and often prevents our members from seeking care. Our goal was to provide access to quality healthcare while more effectively managing costs. We selected Everside because of its strong track record with unions and its ability to offer the largest network of clinics available to our members while they are on the road."
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