City Manager Proposing Employee Medical Clinic

<p>The Sunfair Building</p>

The Sunfair Building

Employees for the city of Yakima may soon see an upgrade to their health benefits.

City Manager Tony O'Rourke will propose opening a medical clinic for city employees at tomorrow night's city council meeting.

The clinic would be located at the Yakima Sunfair Building on 3rd Street and Chestnut, and would give city employees exclusive access to health care.

O'Rourke says the clinic would save taxpayers about 360 thousand dollars per year, which would go towards funding other city projects.

"That's money we'd like to then divert to capital improvements and benefits to the greater community. So we could spend less on salary and benefits and more on investments in the community," said O'Rourke.

"I am so excited for the employees, the dependents, the retirees that are on our benefit plan. This is going to be a very good thing. This is a thing of the future, and we're doing it in a premium way that's going to benefit everybody," said Human Resources Manager Cheryl Ann Mattia.

If the proposal is approved, the clinic could be open as early as February.