Executive Health Programs: What Are My Options?
An executive health program for your company’s leadership can minimize your business risk, attract and retain top talent, and increase productivity through improved health.
Whether you are a CEO looking to protect your small business or a larger company’s decision maker for employee benefits, you’re probably already interested in an executive health program if you’ve found this article. You know the value they can bring to your company.
But now comes the hard part – trying to wade through a vast amount of information to select the best executive health program for your company.
As a leader in executive health since 2003, we’ve helped countless companies make this decision. We know we aren’t the only option out there, and we know that you are looking useful information to help you make the choice.
Should you go to a mega-hospital like the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic? Or maybe a regional hospital system in your area? And what about these boutique concierge medical practices like PartnerMD?
When comparing executive health programs, here’s what you need to know.
Executive Health at Mega-Hospitals
Mega-hospitals are large, world-renowned facilities that just about everyone knows by name. Although there are several throughout the world, three major ones in the United States are the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins. These are elite medical facilities that employ thousands of the top doctors and researchers in the world. Because of their success and reputation, they attract patients from all over the globe.
These programs primarily specialize in standalone executive physicals, but they also offer larger corporate programs for those interested. Choosing one of these programs means your employees will get prestigious care from one of the top hospitals in the entire world, but it will likely be expensive, especially once you factor in potential travel costs.
The Mayo Clinic has offered an executive health program for more than 40 years. They provide services from any of their three facilities in Rochester, Minnesota (HQ); Jacksonville, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona. Minnesota is by far the clinic’s most populated location, where they have 47 executive health doctors. Jacksonville and Scottsdale have just six and nine, respectively.
They offer customized executive physicals with one-, two-, or three-day itineraries. The cost of an executive physical varies based on age, gender, health history, symptoms, and test results. Additional tests and medications may be ordered on-site and increase the cost of the physical.
The Cleveland Clinic offers two executive health programs through their Wellness & Preventive Medicine Department. These programs are offered at their locations in Cleveland, Ohio; Weston, Florida; or Toronto, Canada.
- Executive Health Program: This is their standard executive physical. It is typically one day and is geared to identify potential health problems, reduce risk factors, prompt care for illness or injury, or promote wellness.
- Premier Executive Health: This is a more advanced and customized executive physical that takes place over multiple days. They also offer their Premier Personalized Wellness program, which offers more lifestyle-focused testing, for an added cost.
The Cleveland Clinic also offers an executive health program as a benefit for companies to offer their employees, in addition to their standalone executive physicals.
Johns Hopkins offers an Executive & Preventive Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. The physical is completed in one day and participants work with the physician to personalize the screenings.
Executive Health at Regional Hospital Systems
Regional hospitals have a more narrow geographic focus and less brand recognition than the Mayo Clinics of the world, but they are often the biggest healthcare organization in a region. They may have one hospital and several smaller outposts in the region or they might have one major hospital, a couple other smaller hospitals, and then other outpatient facilities.
While they are not as globally recognized as a Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic, these regional hospital systems often employ similar amounts of doctors and researchers and see around the same number of patients each year (if not more). Below are some examples of regional systems. You may have similar options in your area.
Inova Health System
Inova is the largest hospital system in Northern Virginia. Their executive health program is offered through Inova VIP 360, which also functions as their concierge medicine practice. Their physicals are offered at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus and their Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus, and they are typically scheduled for a half-day.
Emory is the largest hospital in the Atlanta area, with 10 hospitals in the region and more than 250 provider outposts. Their physicals are completed in a half-day and include a one-hour physician meeting and preventative tests.
Executive Health at Boutique Concierge Medical Practices
Boutique concierge medical practices range in size and geographic location. Sometimes they operate as a sole practitioner in a single practice and sometimes they operate multiple offices in multiple states. PartnerMD is an example of the latter. Of note, not all boutique concierge medical practices offer executive health programs.
Boutique practices typically offer the convenience and privacy of smaller offices, with fewer doctors seeing fewer patients than at a larger health system. This allows for an intimate setting where your employees might get a more personal and customized experience than they would get a larger facility that is seeing vastly more patients each day.
In addition, boutique concierge medical practices often offer the ability to creatively design the program so it best fits your company. Do you want to make physicals mandatory for C-Suite executives but optional for everyone else? This approach might allow you to offer the program to all your employees, while also helping to manage costs.
Mega-Hospital v. Regional Hospital System v. Boutique Concierge Practice
Now that you know your options, you’re probably wondering how to select the best executive health program for your company. Much of it comes down to what is important to your company. Some key questions to ask yourself:
- Will your employees value the prestige and internationally recognized expertise that they might get from a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic?
- Can your company afford the extra travel days (and costs) associated with traveling to the Mayo Clinic?
- Will your employees get more value from the personalized care they might receive at a boutique practice?
Executive Health at PartnerMD
At PartnerMD, we know every executive and C-suite hire you make is an investment. Our executive health program allow you to gain greater insights into the health and wellness of your top talent so you can rest assured that your investment continues to pay off over the long haul.
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