COLUMBUS — The place where thousands of Cummins Inc. employees and their dependents will go for most of their health care looks nothing like a typical medical facility.

Employee feedback about what they wanted in a medical facility was factored into the design and details, said Dr. Dexter Shurney, Cummins chief medical director and executive director of global health and wellness.

“They told us they didn’t like the smell of medical facilities,” he said, for example.

Employees who participated in focus groups also said they didn’t want to feel like they were at work either, said Blair West, Cummins director of corporate communications.

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Artwork adorning the walls is a mixture of pieces by central Indiana artists and national artists.

The LiveWell Center at 806 Jackson St., just north of the company’s global headquarters and near other Cummins offices downtown, will officially open June 28.

It will be available to about 9,500 Cummins employees statewide and their dependents — a total of about 17,000 people, said Jon Mills, director of external communications for the global diesel engine maker.

The center has been more than four years in the making. Construction of the 28,000-square-foot building started in October 2014 and use of the LiveWell Center began in May with training for staff.

Cost of visits reflect flat fees, with payments collected onsite. A basic exam costs $30, even if lab and radiology work are required.

The center is intended to handle a range of situations, from primary care to urgent care for minor injuries. Lab work that doesn’t require a pathologist can be performed at the center, and vaccinations needed for traveling abroad can be administered there, Shurney said.

Two vision exam rooms and one for hearing are among the center’s features.

The telemedicine room allows staff to set up one-on-one video consultations with specialists from medical centers across the country, and can help Cummins employees from other countries contact their doctors back in their homeland, Shurney said.

A lifestyle bullpen is where employees will meet lifestyle coaches and receive behavioral health services.

An occupational health area includes three exam rooms for people who have been injured while at work.

The LiveWell Center also includes a physical therapy space with treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, weights and a physiologist on staff, to aid occupational health and primary care patients, Shurney said.

Another area of the center features one room for both massage therapy and acupuncture, and two for chiropractic treatment.

The teaching kitchen is intended to help employees learn about the role nutrition plays in their health, Shurney said. Chef Sandy Thomas will lead a variety of classes that focus on plant-based whole foods, including practical tips to make healthy food taste good at home, she said.

Shurney said some people who have switched to a plant-based whole foods diet have seen their cholesterol levels drop by 60 percent in seven weeks.

“That’s more powerful than a pill,” he said.

Shurney said employees have begun receiving tours of the LiveWell Center and it’s generating a lot of buzz and excitement.

“They can’t believe a center this nice is close to them,” he said.

LiveWell Center features

Address: 806 Jackson St., Columbus

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

  • Premise Health is contracted to provide medical services.
  • Staff of 46 employees includes five full-time physician positions served by a rotation of eight doctors.
  • Visiting specialists will rotate in at the center, providing women’s health care, 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.