Wawa Offers One-Stop Shopping – For Employees’ Health Care

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Wawa is testing a service for its employees that brings the doctor right to the parking lot.

On a busy day, there’s barely time for a quick stop for a cup of coffee or a sandwich.

But those serving you also have a full plate, “A tremendous number of our associates had had not seen a primary care doctor in years.”

So a new Wawa pilot program, now at around 30 stores, has a physician making house calls.  Todd Lombardi, the director of compensation and benefits at the chain, says a Radnor-based doctor, Rocklan Walker, sees patients in the parking lot, in a converted Mercedes passenger van.

“Many associates have told good stories about the positive outcomes that they’ve had as result of meeting with Dr Walker, changes they’ve made to help improve their overall health.”

It’s part of the employee wellness plan, so there’s no cost to the workers. Lombardi says there’s also a bottom-line benefit to keeping them healthy: “It is one of those wonderful intersections between doing something that’s fantastic for the associates that also makes wonderful business sense for us.”

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  2. Kelly says:

    Dave is way off base!! His response makes absolutley no sense. WaWa has a great history of taking care of employees because it is a family business and they care. I will bet 7-11 or Mcdonalds do NOTHING about health for their employeers becasue they do not care!

  3. JackXPowell says:

    I would recommend this health insurance plan i found through “Penny Health” to anyone with a growing family who is looking to minimize their medical expenses.

  4. dave says:

    Why not just stop being so cheap and provide your employees with health insurance- like most employers do- so they can go see the physician of their choice instead of a company paid “doctor” (I won’t call him/her a physician because they don’t deserve that title when they are just puppets for Wawa), in most cases, just going to tell the employee, “You’re fine, get back to work.” Wawa probably makes more in one day in just coffee and/or gas sales than most privately held businesses make in a month but they don’t offer health insurance to their employees but will now rather pay a puppet so people have the warm and fuzzy and the media gives them press coverage for this!

    1. health advocate says:

      Dear Dave, wawa privately pays for all their health insurance coverage for their employees out of pocket which is why they are doing a pilot program right now to provide FREE care to their employees so that the cost of purchasing health insurance for their employees in the future will go down and employees will be incentivized to live healthier lifestyles. They are the ONLY company in America that is doing a study such as this and they actually have other perks for their employees such as 50% off food in their store from the healthy section, gym membership reimbursement, and programs that will cover 100% of the cost to quit smoking, etc…I would really get some facts before ranting :)

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