Columbus-based Cummins Inc. invited health advocates and community leaders to its innovative health care center Thursday to celebrate its launch.

Less than a month after officially opening the doors to its new employee facility, the lobby of the 28,000-square-foot LiveWell Center in Columbus was overflowing with guests including Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop.

Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger also welcomed U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Jim Lando to commemorate what Lando called a revolution in employee medicine.

The LiveWell Center will be available to approximately 9,500 Cummins employees and their dependents — about 17,000 projected patients total.

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Unlike most health care facilities in the United States, which are often more reactive than proactive in nature, Lando said the LiveWell Center is revolutionary in its dedication to not only treating employee health problems but also to teaching those employees how to live a generally healthy lifestyle.

“People have done pieces of this kind of integration, but no one has done it on this scale,” Lando said.

Linebarger said the LiveWell Center has been a project 10 years in the making and reflects Cummins’ dedication to serving its employees in all aspects of their lives, including their health.

Like Lando, Linebarger said some of his favorite aspects of the center are those that focus on a lifestyle of wellness, such as the cooking classes and rehabilitation center.

Josh Duncan, a Cummins employee, said he has already visited the LiveWell Center for his annual exam and was surprised at how friendly and attentive the doctors on staff were to his needs.

While doctors at other primary care facilities are often exceptionally busy, Duncan said the providers at the center were dedicated to him and were willing to spend as much time with him as necessary.

Duncan said he wants to visit the LiveWell Center again to try out some of its more unique aspects, such as getting his yearly allergy shots or visiting the chiropractor. He also said he already has plans to bring his family in for treatment at the Jackson Street facility.

Creating an in-house health care system where employees feel comfortable receiving treatment for both themselves and their families was the goal of the LiveWell Center all along, Linebarger said.

Center's key features

Address: 806 Jackson St., Columbus

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

  • The 28,000-square-foot building was designed by Indianapolis-based Axis Architecture & Interiors and constructed by Columbus-based Taylor Brothers.
  • Premise Health is contracted to provide medical services.
  • The wellness center will have 46 employees, including 5 full-time physician positions filled by a rotation of eight doctors.
  • Visiting specialists will rotate in at the center, providing care such as women’s health, dermatology and eventually cardiology and orthopedic surgery.
  • Provides primary care and urgent care for illnesses and minor injuries, plus physical therapy.
  • Provides vision and hearing services.
  • Provides lifestyle coaching and services, including a teaching kitchen to educate about cooking meals of plant-based whole foods.
  • Has no waiting rooms and offers a flat fee for services.
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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.