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Baptist Health offers employers online COVID-19 tools aimed at getting Kentuckians back to work

Baptist Health is sharing a page from its COVID-19 playbook with area employers anxious about safely reopening. The health system has a web-based solution to the state requirement to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before they report for work.

“Baptist Health is helping to get Kentucky and Southern Indiana back to work by offering customized COVID-19 testing solutions and digital tools to employers,” said Dr. Michael Newkirk, vice president of Physician Services for Baptist Health. “We understand employers have specific, individualized needs that we will address together as they put our economy back on track while protecting the safety of employees, customers and our communities,”

In order to perform the state-mandated screening tasks at all of its locations, the health system would have to hire 200 additional employees. By moving the screening process online, Baptist Health has been able to streamline the process considerably and is now offering the model to help other businesses reopen more quickly.

“Baptist Health employees go online to answer a few health questions, take their temperature and log that information into the website,” he said. “From that information, the employee is either given the green light to go in to work, or referred for COVID-19 testing.”

Managers can easily access and monitor the collected information. That web-based screening is being offered to employers, along with a COVID-19 testing solution in the event there is a need.

“Baptist Health has the resources and expertise of its infectious disease and other medical experts to help employers determine the most efficient and cost-effective options for their operation and workforce,” said Bill Sisson, president of Baptist Health Lexington. “With more than 25 years of experience in occupational medicine, Baptist Health has the network, the know-how and the commitment to work with employers to create customized solutions geared to the specific needs they may have.”

For employers who partner with Baptist Health specifically for testing solutions, there can be enhanced testing for employees with COVID-19 symptoms, as well as co-workers who potentially had contact with them – helping to ensure the safest workplace possible for those that trust their care to Baptist Health.

Baptist Health Urgent Care locations routinely test those with symptoms for COVID-19. In Lexington, those sites are 2040 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 100; 2108 Nicholasville Road and at 610 East Brannon Road, Suite 100 in Nicholasville.

The first employers to access this COVID-19 workplace reopening service will be those already using Baptist Health services through its strategic alliance with BluMine Health, a Direct Primary Care provider in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. BluMine Health supports employer-sponsored health and wellness initiatives by providing direct primary care to mid- to large-size employers. Twenty-nine companies and more than 17,000 covered lives are now served by BluMine Health.

With 19,500 employees across its eight hospitals and more than 300 points of care, Baptist Health is Kentucky’s largest health system.

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