Steinhafels is proud to be a family-owned business known for providing quality home furnishings, mattresses, and home decor to families in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. However, did you know Steinhafels is also at the forefront of new trends in Corporate Health and Wellness–thanks to our new on-site contracted physician!
Let’s take a step back for a minute and look at how the company’s healthcare plan has evolved through the years. Steinhafels has had a Wellness Program for almost a decade–well before many other companies. The Wellness Program includes perks like an on-site gym, in-house fitness programs, an on-site nurse, and group fitness challenges.
While the main focus is on the well-being of employees, Human Resources Manager Andrea Kokott explains having a Wellness Program also makes good business sense. “If we can give really good quality care, and catch issues early, and have good preventative and wellness, we can maintain a really good benefit-level plan, without increasing cost to the employees.”
With today’s sky-rocketing healthcare costs, everyone is feeling the pinch–both employers and their employees. As patients, it can be frustrating when we have to wait days for a basic care appointment, and weeks to months for specialized care. It makes you stop and think… there has to be a DIFFERENT way!
Steinhafels was determined to find that different way. We contracted a Family Practice Physician who can see our medical plan participants and their dependents on-site. We’re not saying this is necessarily better for everyone. Some employees have specialized doctors, and we understand that. But for many employees, it just makes sense! We cut out the middle-man. No more searching for a doctor in your healthcare plan. No more waiting weeks to months for an appointment.
As we mentioned, employees can see the doctor on-site in her consultation room, at our Corporate Center in Waukesha. Patients can schedule an appointment and see a doctor right away… with no co-pay!!
Sounds too good to be true, right? As Kokott explains, it’s all about supplying the quality of care that our workers deserve. “When people are ill and they just go to a walk-in urgent care, you have no history there, that person has never seen you before. They don’t know you, you don’t know them. You have no idea how much time they’re going to spend with you, if they are really going to do a thorough evaluation, or if it will be in and out.”
Steinhafels contracts with Dr. Jean Ibric. Dr. Ibric is not a Steinhafels employee, but she says being here feels like she’s part of the family. She also admits it’s a nice departure from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream medical business. “It really lets me practice medicine the way I was trained to. It lets doctors practice medicine the way they want to and the way they were trained to.”
Dr. Ibric says she has wanted to be a doctor since she was in high school. She explains, “I like to listen. I can blend the love I have of science and biology and the human side of the science. I’ve always loved both of those.”
Dr. Ibric has lived in the Milwaukee area for 25 years, and is married with 4 boys, ranging in age from 15 to 22! She grew up in the Chicago area, and went to college and medical school at the University of Arizona. She was an OB/GYN for 7 years, did Family Practice for 10 years, and has been practicing corporate medicine for about 2 1/2 years. She says she took the Steinhafels contract because she believes in the model. “The dedication to the Wellness and concern for employees. The care they show for the employees. It’s a step beyond the money savings.”
Dr. Ibric’s consultation room is designed to be very comfortable, private, and efficient. Whether an employee has a simple earache, or goes in for a full medical exam, Dr. Ibric says no issue is too big or too small. She says she would rather see patients than have them delay treatment. “It will make for people being more productive. If we take care of the issue they’ll have quicker attention, be back to work sooner. It’s more preventative than traditional medicine.”
At the end of the day, let’s admit it–no one LOVES going to the doctor. We have been programmed to dread the office visit, dread the exam, and especially dread the co-pay or extra charges resulting from the visit. Having an on-site doctor as part of our company’s medical plan takes away some of that anxiety, and hopefully makes employees feel even more comfortable coming to work.
We encourage any employees who haven’t checked out Dr. Ibric’s office yet to come in and say hello! To contact Dr. Ibric for an appointment, please call 262-278-4980 (Monday-Friday between 8:00am -5:00pm.) She is also working on an online scheduling system.
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