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Near-site health centers serve multiple employers

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Towers Watson & Co. has partnered with Aliso Viejo, California-based health care provider Crossover Health Medical Group Inc. to build several near-site health and wellness centers, the companies announced on Monday.

Towers Watson and Crossover Health’s first near-site health center opened earlier this month in Mountain View, California. The center provides primary health care, physical medicine, behavioral health, vision services and health coaching to employees of Intuit Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other large technology companies, according to a statement from Towers Watson and Crossover Health.

“Drawing from our proven experience with onsite centers for large employers, we have followed the growing interest from smaller employers that sought a similar offering but did not have enough employees or real estate to offer an onsite health center themselves,” Dr. Scott Shreeve, CEO of Crossover Health, said in the statement. “The near-site concept is designed to solve this dilemma by allowing employers to pool resources and offer their employees a remarkable, patient-driven health experience that delivers lower costs and increases quality.”

The companies plan to open several other near-site health centers in Northern California in 2016.

“Employers welcome cost-effective and innovative solutions that keep employees healthy and productive, and the near-site option opens the opportunity for more employers to access this attractive offering,” said Andrew Halpert, a San Francisco-based senior health care management consultant at Towers Watson, which is providing implementation support, quality oversight and performance measurement through its partnership with Crossover Health.