Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, in partnership with Ford Motor Company, aims to increase awareness of its affordable health care offerings throughout the city and ultimately reduce costly emergency department (ED) admissions.
To promote accessible and affordable health services to young employees, Aunt Martha’s marketing and outreach teams visited the car maker’s Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights this past May to share information about primary care and behavioral health services offered in Chicagoland. Employees had the opportunity to sample the telepsychiatry behavioral health services provided at Aunt Martha’s with a live video chat set up on a table during the lunch hour. Outreach team members also distributed marketing print materials with Ford employees that included a full list of services, locations, and other promotional materials.
Unnecessary ED visits substantially increase costs for both employers and patients receiving those services. Patients with mental illness, for instance, contribute to the rising health care costs of up to $4.6 billion per year by visiting the ED for health concerns that could be prevented by seeing their primary care provider (PCP)1.
Aunt Martha’s increases patient access to PCPs with over 20 locations in 7 Illinois counties. All Aunt Martha’s clinics operate on a sliding-fee scale based on patient income and accept all Medicare patients, including All Kids. Our team of health care professionals — medical, dental, mental health, substance use, etc. – evaluates and collaborates on everything a patient may need to achieve total health and wellness. Together, we work with our patients to develop achievable goals by providing practical information and guidance.
We value our partnership with Ford, and we hope to visit more of the car maker’s plants in the future.