Huntington Ingalls Industries plans on-site health centers

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Newport News-based Huntington Ingalls Industries will provide on-site family health-care centers for its shipbuilding employees and their families in Virginia and Mississippi.

"The establishment of these family health centers is another investment in our employees and an important step toward building a culture of health and wellness across our company," Bill Ermatinger, the company’s corporate vice president and chief human resources officer, said in a statement. "These health centers will offer personalized care with a focus on prevention and health maintenance along with full patient confidentiality and privacy."

The health-care centers are scheduled to open next year. They will offer a variety of services, including primary care, an onsite pharmacy and laboratory services.

The company said it has begun a major benefits strategy designed to provide its employees health and wellness options beyond primary-care physician visits.

The options include Teladoc, in which employees can talk to physicians via telephone, mobile application or computer. The company also is offering a discounted rate for health care to salaried employees who attest that they do not use tobacco.

Operated by a third-party vendor, the health centers will be located near the shipyards. The services will be available employees and their dependents who are covered by the Anthem health plans.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipbuilding divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News and Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi.

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