SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Marathon Health, LLC, a provider of onsite health centers that enable employers to optimize the health of their workforce and business, today announced a partnership with Shawnee Mission School District to provide primary and preventive care services to more than 3,500 eligible employees, spouses and dependents. The PriorityOne Health Center, located at the new Center for Academic Achievement, began seeing patients on August 16. Within the first 15 days, the health center recorded 149 provider visits, 49 of which were for health coaching. Patients have reported a high satisfaction rate, with 100 percent responding that they would recommend the center and 100 percent rating the services they received at the center as excellent or good.
Based in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Shawnee Mission School District is the third largest school district in the state of Kansas. The district serves more than 27,500 students who attend 33 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. The partnership with Marathon Health is part of Shawnee Mission School District's effort to increase access to primary and preventive care services, improve the health of their population and stabilize healthcare costs.
"Our partnership with Marathon Health reinforces our deep commitment to employee health," said Dr. Kenny Southwick, Interim Superintendent of Shawnee Mission School District. "Providing convenient, high-quality healthcare is a top priority for the school district, not just to treat illness, but to help our employees live a healthy lifestyle and achieve their health goals."
Marathon Health has tailored the services available at the PriorityOne Health Center to address the specific healthcare needs of Shawnee Mission School District's population. Staffed by physicians, a registered nurse and medical assistants, the health center provides services that engage employees in healthy lifestyle choices and enable them to become better stewards of their health. This method of healthcare has been proven to reduce total population health risks, which saves employees and their employers time and money.
"We're thrilled to partner with Shawnee Mission School District and empower their employees to lead healthier lives," said Jerry Ford, CEO of Marathon Health. "By taking the time to build relationships with our patients, we are able to treat the whole person, rather than a list of symptoms. This allows us to positively impact the health of the population and in turn provide positive role models for their students."
Marathon Health's approach has resonated with school districts due to its effectiveness in reducing healthcare costs and alignment with a culture that values health. Shawnee Mission School District joins Marathon Health education-based customers across the country, including Brevard Public Schools, St. Johns County School District, Escambia County School District, and Bay District Schools.
About Marathon Health
Marathon Health offers a proven solution for helping employers reduce the total cost of healthcare. The Marathon Health approach integrates the best practices of onsite primary care, health assessment with risk identification, coaching and advocacy, and disease management for high cost chronic conditions. Marathon Health supports its unique model with an eHealth Portal delivering medical content, interactive diet and fitness tools, a personal health record, and an electronic medical record to manage care. For more information, please visit www.marathon-health.com.
About Shawnee Mission School District
Shawnee Mission School District is the third largest school district in Kansas with more than 27,000 students and 4,300 employees. The district contains 33 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. It also includes Horizons High School, and an Early Childhood Education Center. It's been consistently ranked among the finest school districts nationwide for its high student performance. The district serves a diverse student population from 14 cities within northeast Johnson County, Kansas, which is 10 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit www.smsd.org.