Healthcare Network Supports Employee Wellness

Small business employee wellness programs are important. Employees missing work from illness are estimated to cost about $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,660 for salaried workers, according to “Absenteeism: The Bottom-Line Killer” by Circadian. Indirect costs include the possibility of low-quality goods and services due to overtime fatigue or understaffing. Additional costs include manager time, safety issues, reduced productivity and lower worker morale for having to cover for missing employees.

These are a few reasons Professional Wellness Month in June notes the importance of employee wellness. Employee wellness has a role in driving business success, attracting top talent and retaining employees.

Where to Find Employee Wellness Help for Small Businesses

Small businesses generally focus on business before employee wellness. This includes keeping the lights on, shifts staffed and managing rising expenses. This can sometimes make employee wellness goals difficult to reach.

Even with the best employer-supported health insurance, another challenge to employee wellness can be access to health services. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration designates nearly all of Southwest Florida as a “Medically Underserved Area.” This means that there are too few primary care providers for the growing population. Access to primary care is critical because of its role in prevention, chronic disease management and as an overall entry point to the health care system.

Healthcare Network is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Collier County. As a result, we provide the same high-quality primary care to all area residents, regardless of insurance or job status. Healthcare Network accepts most private and public health insurances. We also offer qualified patients a sliding scale for fees based on family size and income.

Employee Wellness: Mental Health notes that one critical component of employee wellness is the availability of mental health services. However, Florida is ranked 49th in the nation for access to mental health care, according to Mental Health America.

Healthcare Network offers mental and behavioral health screening and consultation as part of primary care. When additional mental and behavioral treatment is needed, the new Center for Psychology and Wellness at Nichols Community Health Center is available. The center offers behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors in person or via telehealth. Services are offered in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole, without a physician referral. In addition, Healthcare Network offers dental care for children and adults, with or without dental insurance. This is a benefit that is often difficult for small businesses to provide.

Employee Wellness Benefits Everyone

When the community is healthy, everyone benefits. Fewer employees call out sick. Children do not miss as many days of school. Learning is not impaired by unmet health needs. Healthy workers spend money in their communities and consumer demand results in more jobs.

About the Author

Jamie Ulmer is President and CEO of Healthcare Network. For information or an appointment, click here.


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Offices Closed 12.9.23

All Healthcare Network offices will be closed on Saturday, December 9. Normal hours will resume on Monday, December 11.


Todas las oficinas de Healthcare Network estarán cerradas el sábado 9 de diciembre. El horario normal se reanudará el lunes 11 de diciembre.


Tout biwo Healthcare Network yo ap fèmen samdi 9 desanm. Lè nòmal yo ap rekòmanse lendi 11 desanm.

Offices Closed 11.23 & 11.24.23

All Healthcare Network offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 27.


Todas las oficinas de Healthcare Network estarán cerradas el jueves 23 y viernes 24 de noviembre en conmemoración del feriado de Acción de Gracias. El horario normal se reanudará el lunes 27 de noviembre.


Tout biwo Rezo Swen Sante yo ap fèmen jedi 23 novanm ak vandredi 24 novanm nan jou fèt Thanksgiving. Orè nòmal yo pral rekòmanse lendi 27 novanm.

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Help Us Grow a Healthier Community from the Ground Up!
A year-end gift in support of this exciting new health center will help us provide an abundance of essential healthcare to the Orangetree community, helping cultivate a healthy thriving community!

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¡Ayúdenos a desarrollar una comunidad más saludable desde cero! ¡Una donación de fin de año a Healthcare Network en apoyo de este nuevo y emocionante centro de salud nos ayudará a brindar abundante atención médica esencial a Orangetree, cultivando una comunidad saludable y próspera!

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