NEW HYDE PARK, NY – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Northwell Direct – a Northwell Health company that provides a range of health and wellness solutions to employers in the Tristate – is partnering with Whole Foods Market to provide local team members with a bespoke primary care network that offers a holistic lifestyle. based and affordable medical care.
Seven Northwell Health locations – in Westchester, Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island – are easily accessible primary care destinations for eligible Whole Foods team members and their eligible dependents. Each of the participating practices is committed to the Whole Foods Market Medical and Wellness Center’s relationship-based basic care model, which includes a time-consuming, personalized approach to addressing health and wellness needs. Historically, visits under this model lasted an average of 30 to 45 minutes. This relationship-based care model focuses on managing lifestyle issues as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of disease and on care management with the aim of reducing or potentially reversing the effects of disease.
Northwell Direct’s highly curated network is in line with Whole Foods Market’s medical and wellness approach to providing eligible team members with affordable access to primary health care. As part of the existing health coverage options for team members, they and their eligible family members can see selected Northwell Health care providers without paying a deductible or co-payment for their visit. This collaboration promises to improve health outcomes while reducing care costs in the short and long term.
“Northwell Direct has developed an approach that combines the power of healthy food and healthy living with quality care to help New Yorkers thrive,” said Nick Stefanizzi, CEO of Northwell Direct. “It brings the clinical expertise of Northwell providers to Whole Foods employees and their families without the stress of running out of control health bills.”
Northwell Direct’s selective networking approach emerges from Northwell Health’s record since 2011 as a self-insured employer, providing a highly effective, curated network to its 72,000+ employees and their families.
Northwell’s approach to health and wellness is in line with Whole Foods Market’s historic focus on preventive, lifestyle-based care. Participating medical offices will incorporate health coaching and focus on stress management, healthy eating, fitness routines, smoking cessation and other wellness services to provide a comprehensive approach to care. When patients require referrals to specialists, the nurse navigators in these primary care practices provide supervision and nursing coordination to ensure good communication and avoid treatment gaps or duplicate care.
“Northwell Direct shares Whole Foods’ values of promoting team member growth and happiness and creating win-win partnerships through holistic thinking and the importance of diet and lifestyle in promoting good health,” said Dr. Warren Brown, VP of Medical Affairs for Whole Foods Market. “We look forward to working with you to help our team members and their families do their best and live full lives as valued contributors to home, work, and community.”
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