Business software giant SAS is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its on-site health care center at its sprawling headquarters campus in Cary this week.
Beginning with a single nurse practitioner in 1984, today the SAS Health Care Center has 53 employees — including four family practice doctors, 11 nurses, 10 nurse practitioners, three nutritionists, a psychologist and three physical therapists.
SAS estimates that the on-site center, which includes a pharmacy that was established in 2012 — saved the company more than $8 million last year in saved employee time and reduced costs for the company medical plan, according to a blog post by SAS spokeswoman Shannon Heath.
SAS estimates that a typical round-trip visit to the center for a minor illness takes about 30 minutes — including a stop at the pharmacy.
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Ninety percent of the employees at SAS’s headquarters use the on-site center, with 75 percent of employees and 50 percent of their family members designating the center as their primary care facility.