BRENTWOOD — A well being care supplier for senior residing communities is opening a brand new laboratory at its headquarters right here, and eyeing formidable development.
EmpowerMe Wellness has clinics in about 400 senior residing communities in 20 states, primarily at assisted residing and reminiscence care amenities, stated CEO Josh Stevens.
By finish of yr, he tasks it is going to be in 760 communities in 22 states.
“Our development may appear formidable,” Stevens stated. “However the development of the inhabitants we serve is gigantic.”
In every group it serves, the corporate establishes a clinic overseen by a nurse practitioner. The clinics supply bodily, speech and occupational remedy, and now additionally lab testing.
Below EmpowerMe’s mannequin, somebody is on website able to administer testing on a regular basis, so residents don’t must go to a hospital or outpatient clinic, or watch for a phlebotomist to return to them.
“It’s on website, on demand, any day of the week, by individuals you already know,” Stevens stated.
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The corporate has 1,100 staff throughout the nation, and goals to greater than double that by the tip of the yr, Stevens stated.
Residential numbers at some senior residing communities have dipped through the pandemic as virus fears pushed individuals towards house well being care. However Stevens nonetheless sees alternatives for development, because the U.S. inhabitants ages.
“Personally, I feel there’s no changing the social mannequin of congregate care,” he stated.
EmpowerMe Wellness began in 2017 underneath a mum or dad firm: The Dover Corporations. In August 2020 it spun out from Dover, and in November 2021 it acquired a majority of EverSpring Pharmacy in order that it may present pharmacy companies to its clinics. Then it moved from Clayton to a brand new company workplace in Brentwood.
Stevens stated 80% or so of the corporate’s income comes from Medicare and 20% from business insurance coverage.
The company workplace in Brentwood was related to a 5,500-square-foot former health club that was getting used as a warehouse. Development began in autumn to transform the house right into a laboratory, and the primary samples had been examined on Feb. 22, stated Tyler Witges, president of EmpowerMe’s diagnostic enterprise unit.
At full capability, the brand new lab may run about 2.5 million samples per yr, Witges stated, the same quantity to a hospital.
Witges stated EmpowerMe tried to heart its take a look at choices round essentially the most generally ordered lab assessments in senior residing communities. It presents primary blood assessments for issues like ldl cholesterol and thyroid hormone ranges, in addition to wound cultures, urine assessments, and molecular respiratory assessments for issues like COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
EmpowerMe stated its lead traders are Bob Hermann Jr. and Rick Holton of Hermann Corporations, and Jim McKelvey of Sq.. Holton stated the traders had been drawn to EmpowerMe by the vary of companies it supplies underneath one umbrella, and by Stevens’ imaginative and prescient.
The corporate held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the brand new lab, which was attended by Gov. Mike Parson.