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BASi employees take advantage of on-site clinic

A company in the Purdue Research Park hopes to cut down on health care costs with an on-site wellness clinic.

BASi opened its 1,800 square foot health center in March. Senior Vice President of Human Resources Lina Reeves-Kerner says participation by employees has been growing steadily since then with 78% of them using it in April.

"We see it as the employees are receptive to the clinic and we think more will participate once they get more comfortable with the clinic."

We Care TLC, which operates a health and wellness clinic at Fairfield Manufacturing in Lafayette and Harrison Steel in Attica, has a contract with BASi to run its new center.

Regional Manager Sandy Potter says they offer basic medical services, lab work and most prescriptions to employees and their dependents.

"We have physicians, nurse practitioners here, who provide those primary care services."

We Care operates the clinic three days a week. However, Potter hopes that will expand soon to five days.

"Our goal is to maybe have BASi partner with other employers in the area."

Reeves-Kerner says they are in talks with other Purdue Research Park companies about allowing their workers to use the BASi clinic.

She thinks it will be six months to a year before they know if the clinic is making a financial difference.

"We're hoping to see a substantial decrease in our medical expenses."

The construction project was roughly $200,000. The process involved renovating old lab and storage space at the back of its office building on Kent Avenue.