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Quad/Graphics opens in-house medical clinic

April 26, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin on Wednesday joined executives of Quad/Graphics to help celebrate the grand opening of an in-house medical clinic at the company's sprawling plant in Berkeley County.

"It's up to you to take advantage of it and I hope you will," Manchin told a roomful of employees who joined Quad/Graphics President and CEO Joel Quadracci and Len Quadracci, president of QuadMed, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the entrance to a 5,100-square-foot clinic.

QuadMed is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quad/Graphics, which now employs about 950 people at its 1.6 million square-foot facility at 855 Caperton Blvd., west of Martinsburg off W.Va. 9.

Manchin praised Quad/Graphics for establishing the primary care facility, which he said counters the nation's preoccupation with providing health care to the elderly, the poor and children and not those individuals who are fueling the economy.

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"The most valuable segment of our society is our working people. I don't understand the thinking, the logic of what's going on," Manchin said.

Joel Quadracci later noted that the establishment of in-house clinics at the company's larger plants began 17 years ago and has resulted in a savings of about 20 percent in health-care costs and about 50 percent in savings for employees.

The clinic at the Martinsburg plant has five exam rooms, a nurse's triage area, laboratory, room for minor surgeries (such as stitches), 850-square-foot injury rehabilitation facility, counseling offices and special waiting area for children with a play area.

It will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a seven-member staff will begin to see patients beginning on May 1. Employees pay only a $6 fee per office visit and no deductible, according to company officials.

"Our people are healthier, our absentee rate is less than 2 percent," Len Quadracci said of the company's preventative health care model and incentives offered for employees to be healthy.

Joel Quadracci said the clinic's opening at the Martinsburg plant was triggered by the plant's growth in employment since it opened in 1997.

Last month, the company announced it had signed a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive printer and pre-press provider for L.L. Bean catalogs beginning in January 2008. The company's clients already include National Geographic magazines, Victoria's Secret catalogs and a number of other nationally-recognized companies.

"A good chunk (of the L.L. Bean printing) will be in this plant," Joel Quadracci said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Quad/Graphics received preliminary approval to a 42,000-square-foot project for ink blending operations, which officials said on Thursday was critical to maintaining consistent quality in production.

Quad/Graphics promotes itself as the largest privately held printer of catalogs, magazines and other commercial products in the world, and third largest printer public or private in the Western Hemisphere.

The company has a worldwide employee roster of 12,000 with stated annual sales of $2 billion.

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