Lexington city employees and their families now have a place of their own to see a doctor or get healthy living advice. This morning Mayor Jim Gray became the first official patient, by getting a blood test and having his blood pressure checked, at the new Dr. Samuel Brown Employee and Retiree Wellness Center. The mayor says the clinic will mean substantial savings for the entire community.
"This innovative clinic is good for employees because it's going to save them money. And it's good for our taxpayers because it will save public dollars. This is all about managing our health costs."
Medical director and primary care physician Dr. David French, says the wellness center works off the notion that healthier employees mean fewer doctor visits.
"In private practice I schedule patients every five to ten minutes. Our goal here is to see patients every 30 to 45 minutes. Instead of just dealing with the acute problem, we plan to deal with that but also address future problems before they become problems; being more preventive than reactionary."
There's no charge for city employees and dependents for office visits or physician services. The Employee Wellness Center is on Trade Street off Leestown Road.