Members of the Oklahoma City Council agreed Tuesday to move forward with an employee medical center that is expected to help the city reduce costs while improving health.
The council directed the city to negotiate a multiyear contract with CareATC. A clinic is expected to cost about $2.6 million.
Administrators hope a clinic will help employees get in quickly and be seen quickly, so they can get back to work quickly.
CareATC was one of four medical providers that submitted proposals last year.
According to a city manager’s memo, a committee evaluated the proposals based on criteria including administrative capabilities, proposed fees, ability to customize services and past experience providing employer-sponsored medical centers.
Figures compiled last year when the council decided to seek proposals showed that, among 5,390 participants in the city’s self-funded health insurance plan:
•1,617, or 29.6 percent, had been diagnosed with hypertension.
•770, or 14.1 percent, had been diagnosed with diabetes.
•221, or 4 percent, were obese.
•222, or 4.1 percent, had had a stroke.
•645, or 11.8 percent, had high cholesterol issues.
•607, or 11.1 percent, had been diagnosed with heart disease.
A primary goal of the health center is improved health through control, management and reduction of chronic illnesses, the city manager’s memo states.