WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 6, 2018 – Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center
and Allegacy Federal Credit Union today announced an innovative partnership –
believed to be the first of its kind in the country – focused on improving both
the physical and financial wellbeing of people in our community.
WellQ, located at 575 N. Patterson Avenue next to the Allegacy financial center at
Biotech Place in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, is a membership-based service that provides access
to convenient high-quality health care for everyday illnesses
and wellness needs, along with wellness and financial coaching and education.
Members will enjoy same day treatment of
minor illnesses such as strep throat, upper respiratory illnesses, poison ivy
and pink eye, for just $35 per visit. Financial benefits include membership at
Allegacy Federal Credit Union with an AllHealth Wellness Savings Account,
offering higher-than-market dividends, health care financial advising, no-obligation
Healthcare Financial Planning to help plan for current and future health care
costs and on-site financial education classes.
“There is a strong correlation between people’s physical
and financial wellbeing as financial stress can negatively impact their
physical health and vice versa,” said Cathy J. Pace, President and CEO, Allegacy Federal Credit Union. “Healthcare expense can be one of the top costs for families
and a WellQ
membership can be a vital part of financial planning for those who need an
affordable, convenient place to go for minor illnesses, as well as valuable
financial education and planning assistance.”
Additional health benefits include complimentary annual
wellness exams and monitoring of conditions such as diabetes and high blood
pressure, health screenings, wellness classes and access to 24-hour virtual
visits. A convenient onsite visit-related pharmacy is stocked with common
prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
“The clinic at WellQ is not designed to be a
substitute for a primary care provider, but rather as a convenience that
complements a person’s existing primary care provider and supports the physical
and financial wellbeing of members,” said Julie
Ann Freischlag, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center and Interim Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine. “The Allegacy – Wake Forest Baptist partnership is
about becoming champions for improving the overall health and wellbeing of the
folks who live and work in our community.”
The clinic at WellQ is operated by Wake WellQ, LLC
with experienced, licensed providers from Wake Forest Baptist Health.
is not accepted for clinic appointments or visit-related prescriptions at the
onsite pharmacy, appointments are made online or through a smartphone app, and
payment is made only with credit or debit cards, including those attached to
Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts.
least one physician assistant will be on site along with other clinical and
office staff, including staff that will help guide members’ financial wellness
and healthcare financial planning.
Annual membership for an
individual is $199 and $249 for a family. Up to two adults and
children/dependents ages 2-21 who share a household are included in the family
may be free to individuals if their employer opts to add WellQ as a corporate
and more information can be found by visiting www.yourwellQ.com or by
visiting WellQ in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.