Tyson Plans New Health Clinic At Wilkesboro Plant

Tyson Plans New Health Clinic At Wilkesboro Plant

6:00am Feb 15, 2021
The Tyson Foods processing complex in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. KERI BROWN/WFDD

Tyson Foods is preparing to launch several pilot health clinics near company facilities. One will be located at its chicken processing plant in Wilkesboro. 

The company is partnering with Marathon Health for the project. Seven worksite health clinics are planned to open across the country this year. The centers will offer a variety of services to workers and their families including primary and preventative care and behavioral health counseling.

Wilkes County leaders say health care access is important in rural communities like this one and they’re excited about the project, which will be located on plant property.

Tyson spokesman Derek Burleson says it's one of several initiatives the company is taking to step up its health efforts amid the pandemic.

“The goal is to give team members and families easier access to health care and in a vast majority of cases this will be at no cost to the team member," says Burleson. "We are hoping that the Wilkesboro clinic will be open this spring.”

The Wilkesboro plant employs around 3000 people. Tyson says the clinics will be designed to serve a diverse workforce, providing communications in multiple languages. 

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