Deffenbaugh Opens Health and Wellness Center for its Workers

Date: December 13, 2010

Source: Deffenbaugh Industries

Deffenbaugh Industries (Kansas City, KS) announced the opening of a health and wellness center at its headquarters to serve its more than 800 employees. The strategy is to reduce overall healthcare costs by encouraging preventative treatment, occupational health and wellness programs that also promise to reduce missed work days and increase productivity. "It is imperative to be able to offer our employees lower-cost health care options, tied with education, so they can make smarter consumer choices when they need health care," said Nancy Fox, Deffenbaugh's vice president of human resources. Deffenbaugh partnered with Cerner Corporation, a medical services company, and health insurer CBIZ, Inc. to develop the program.

Deffenbaugh, which touts itself as the largest privately owned refuse firm in the Midwest, operates from eight locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa, In 2007, the company was acquired by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a private equity investment affiliate of Credit Suisse.


Deffenbaugh Industries Collaborates with Cerner Corporation to Launch On-Site Health and Wellness Center

Deffenbaugh Industries has partnered with Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) to develop an employee health and wellness center, opening Dec. 13, 2010, at the Deffenbaugh Industries headquarters in Kansas City, KS. The addition of the on-site health and wellness center will serve more than 800 local Deffenbaugh Industries employees, giving them convenient access to:

  • Primary and Urgent Care: Treatment of common illnesses

  • Occupational Health: Work-related injuries or illnesses

  • Pharmacy Services: The clinic will dispense, at no charge, up to 50 of the most commonly used non-narcotic pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs

  • Wellness Programs: Cholesterol management, weight loss, diabetes management and smoking cessation

As pressure mounts nationwide to control rising healthcare expenditures and maintain affordable healthcare plans, Deffenbaugh Industries took a proactive approach to address these issues head on. They reached out to CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services to assist with creating an integrated employee health strategy, as well as, evaluating the feasibility, assessment and selection of a healthcare partner that could assist them in developing and operating on-site health services for employees. CBIZ helped them choose Cerner, who has been operating its own primary care clinic on its headquarters campus since 2006 and works with employers across the country to reduce the costs associated with the delivery of healthcare and increase employees' productivity by improving their overall health and the health of their families.

"It is imperative to be able to offer our employees lower cost healthcare options, tied with education, so they can make smarter consumer choices when they need healthcare. The choice was simple to partner with Cerner and CBIZ because they had advanced knowledge in implementing onsite clinics, some of the best insight in the industry, and a handle on Deffenbaugh Industries' goals for our 2011 health and wellness programming and beyond," said Nancy Fox, Deffenbaugh Industries VP of human resources.

The December launch of the health and wellness center will support Deffenbaugh Industries with an innovative healthcare model. Employees will benefit from a larger focus on preventing illnesses/injuries with access to confidential biometric screenings, robust wellness programming and education, and free or low cost routine physicals and shots. Employees will also benefit from convenient treatment for work-related injuries and integration with safety programs at Deffenbaugh Industries.

About Deffenbaugh Industries

Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc., founded in 1957, is a premier Kansas City employer and one of the largest waste and recycling services companies in the Midwest. Deffenbaugh Industries provides efficient collection, transportation, and disposal of commercial and residential waste and recycling, construction waste, portable toilet, and truck and industrial supplies services. Over its more than 50 years in operation, Deffenbaugh Industries has established a reputation for innovative waste solutions and superior customer service and satisfaction. Deffenbaugh Industries is a growing organization and is headquartered in Kansas City with more than 800 employees just in the metro area and operates in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.

About Cerner

Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner® solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, employer health and wellness services industry and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by more than 8,500 facilities around the world, including approximately 2,300 hospitals; 3,400 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 600 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 700 home-health facilities; and 1,500 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the "Marks") set forth herein are registered and unregistered trademarks and/or service marks owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

About CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ)

CBIZ, Inc. provides professional business services that help clients better manage their finances and employees. CBIZ provides its clients with financial services including accounting and tax, internal audit, merger and acquisition advisory, and valuation services. Employee services include group benefits, property and casualty insurance, retirement planning, payroll, HR consulting and wealth management. CBIZ also provides outsourced technology staffing support services, healthcare consulting and medical practice management. As one of the largest benefits specialists and one of the largest accounting, valuation and medical practice management companies in the United States, the Company's services are provided through more than 150 Company offices in 36 states.

Deffenbaugh Industries Media Contact: Nancy Fox, 913-667-8780,

Cerner Media Contact: Elizabeth Holzhauer, 816-201-0913,

Cerner Investors Contact: Allan Kells, 816-201-2445,

CBIZ Media Contact: Polly Thomas, 913-234-1013,

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