Bringing Education and Health Together

In early 2015, DePauw University, Hendricks Regional Health and Putnam County Hospital forged a first-of-its-kind partnership called DePauw Health. The goal? Completely transform health and wellness on campus, and propel DePauw to a place among the nation’s healthiest colleges. All while decreasing the University’s rising healthcare costs.

Today, the Hendricks At Work team can be seen across DePauw’s grounds – whether it’s providing care in the Wellness Center, participating in classroom health education, or supporting student athletes and student musicians through tailored programs. Yet despite growing services for its campus population, the University is projected to reduce healthcare spending by a minimum of two percent annually, realizing $1.9 million in net savings over 10 years. Employees are reducing their out-of-pocket health costs as well.

Working in tandem with both DePauw leadership and their broker, LHD Benefit Advisors, has been a critical success factor. With over 50 percent of plan members without a primary care doctor, the group had an early focus on preventative care. Within five months, annual wellness check-ups became the second most common reason employees visit the Center.

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