Ford steps up employee wellness
A brand new Medical/Wellness Centre has been opened at the Ford Struandale Engine Plant, in Port Elizabeth, allowing the company to better serve the health and wellness of its employees.
In association with Life Occupational Health (the companies have an 18-year partnership), a comprehensive range of medical services is offered to employees.
Consultations are provided together with the team of on-site nurses. There is a specialised trauma unit and a dedicated ambulance to deal with medical emergencies.
A sophisticated audiometry unit has been installed to conduct hearing tests, along with a spirometry unit to evaluate lung function.
The centre also offers a comprehensive employee-assistance programme (EAP) through its partnership with Careways, to support employees in a wide range of overall wellness issues. This support extends to personal, marital or family problems, mental health as well as substance abuse, financial and legal concerns.
According to John Cameron, plant manager at the Struandale Engine Plant, the investment in the new Medical/Wellness Centre was essential in order to support its approximately 650 employees.
“Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we have an important role to play in their overall health and wellness,” says Cameron.