Replacements helps associates detect potentially life threatening diseases through sixth annual Wellness Fair
GREENSBORO, N.C., April 2, 2008 – Replacements’ attributer Tammy Flinchum will never forget her birthday two years ago. That’s because she thought it might be her last. “I came back from lunch with my friends and my heart started racing,” says Flinchum. “It was banging, baboom baboom baboom, like it was going to jump straight out of my chest.” A frightened Flinchum went to see Replacements’ nurse, Carol Harris. “Tammy’s heart was beating so fast I couldn’t count her pulse,” recalls Harris. “Basically, her heart was racing so much she wasn’t getting the blood supply she needed, putting her life in imminent danger.” Harris immediately sent Flinchum to the hospital. After two days of testing, doctors determined she has a genetic disease known as atrial fibrillation, or rapid heart beat. “Having Nurse Carol is one of the best benefits we have here at Replacements,” says Flinchum. “Not only did she save my life by getting me to go to the hospital, she monitors my condition every week and even works with me on diet and exercise plans to help me live with this condition.”
Flinchum’s story is one reason why Replacements is continually recognized statewide and nationally for its workplace wellness initiatives. In fact, she’ll be among hundreds of associates taking part in today’s sixth annual Wellness Fair. More than 40 vendors are expected, offering counseling on wellness of mind, body and spirit through traditional and holistic healthcare approaches. The Wellness Fair offers health screenings in several areas, including cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and HIV.
“In general, Americans are so busy balancing work and family that many folks simply can’t or won’t make the time for annual health examinations,” says Replacements’ vice-president of human resources, Jeanine Falcon. “By offering these potentially life saving screenings on site, we’re lessening the barriers of having to take time off work, drive to a doctor’s office and wait. Ultimately, if we can catch small illnesses and injuries early on before they become a problem, we can prevent emotional and financial stressors down the road for both our associates and the company. It’s just the right thing to do.”
In an effort to keep insurance premiums and deductibles low, Replacements concentrates on partnering with associates to take control of their health. The company has a full-time occupational nurse and a full time counselor; daily exercise programs to reduce muscle skeletal injuries; disease management programs and prostate/breast cancer screenings, among other initiatives. Since instituting wellness and fitness programs, Replacements has seen a decrease in repetitive motion injuries and a reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates. Overall last year, company screenings detected dozens of previously undiagnosed conditions including 14 associates with thyroid problems, 20 cases of diabetes, more than 30 instances of elevated cholesterol and three associates with prostate cancer.
Partners scheduled to participate in today’s event include Alamance Regional Medical Center, Moses Cone Health Care System and the Guilford County Health Department.
About Replacements, Ltd.
Founded by Bob Page in 1981, Replacements, Ltd. carries the world’s largest selection of old and new china, crystal, silver, and collectibles. Their 415,000 square foot facilities house an inventory of more than 286,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements, Ltd. serves nearly ten million customers worldwide.
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