Ruiz Foods boosts employee benefits with on-site clinic

Adam Peck, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County, calls Ruiz Foods a template for businesses in the community for the dedication they put into the health of their employees during the opening of the Ruiz Foods Health Center on-site at the company's facility in Dinuba Feb. 21, 2024.(Serena Bettis)

Company opens on-site health center at Dinuba facility for the exclusive use of employees insured by the locally-found company

DINUBA – Ruiz Foods produced a new benefit for its Tulare County employees in the form of an on-site health center now open at its Dinuba facility.

City and county leaders praised the company for its continued investment into its employees and the community’s broader wellbeing during the grand opening celebration of the Ruiz Foods Health Center on Feb. 21. Ruiz Foods President and CEO Kimberli Carroll said the health center will make a significant difference in employee quality of life with the convenience it provides to employees and their families.

“We’re always looking for ways that we can enhance the experience that our team members have with Ruiz Foods,” Carroll said. “We’re a self-insured company, and we make an effort to provide really great benefits for our team members — here and in other manufacturing facilities that we have across the country — and this one made good sense.”

Present at the grand opening celebration included Dinuba Mayor Maribel Reynosa, Vice Mayor Rachel Nerio-Guerrero, Councilmember Linda Launer, Tulare County District 4 Supervisor Eddie Valero and Rosalinda Alexander, a field representative for District 33 State Assemblyman Devon Mathis.

Valero commended Ruiz Foods for creating what he called an innovative health center that “epitomizes the care and compassion embedded within the very fabric” of the company.

“This center isn’t just a convenience, it’s a testament to the unwavering commitment to the welfare of (Ruiz Foods) employees,” Valero said. “By bringing health care directly to the workplace, they’re not only ensuring easy access to medical services, but also fostering a culture of proactive wellness.”

Adam Peck, the executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County, said Ruiz Foods is the template for what the board wants to see for businesses in the area, both in the way the company grew out of the Ruiz family’s garage to what it is now and in the way it, as a manufacturer, contributes to economic activity in the Valley by “exporting products and importing dollars.”

Peck said that to have a good life, people need good jobs along with educational opportunities, arts and cultural offerings and access to high quality health care.

“We’ve seen Ruiz Foods throughout our community make investments in all of these areas, and to continue that with this, the bold investment in the health of its workforce, … shows a long-term investment and commitment to this community and to the lives of the people who work here,” Peck said.

As part of the company’s work in the community, Matt Ruiz, director of corporate and community relations for Ruiz Foods, presented a $50,000 donation to Dinuba Unified School District Superintendent Joe Hernandez during the grand opening ceremony.

Hernandez said the donation will go toward health and wellness equipment for fitness classes at the new Dinuba High School.

“You think about so many of these healthy practices that so many of these other speakers spoke to, if we can accomplish some of these things upstream with some of the youth … I think it’s just gonna be another great achievement for the community,” Ruiz said.

On-site health care

The Ruiz Foods Health Center is located just inside the main entrance of the Ruiz Foods offices in Dinuba and opened to Ruiz Foods team members on Feb. 12. The health center is run by CareATC, a health management company that works with companies that offer employer-sponsored health care.

According to Ruiz Foods, the health center will have a physician, a nurse practitioner and two medical assistants.

Services at the health center are available to team members who have health insurance through Ruiz Foods, as well as their covered family members. The 1,650 employees from the Dinuba and Tulare facilities will be able to utilize the health center to access primary care, chronic health services, generic prescription medications and lab tests.

Carroll said these services are available to employees at no additional cost and without any co-pays, which will help employees access health care.

Further, the health center will schedule longer appointments than what is found at standard health clinics, and its location will provide convenience for employees when they feel ill or have to bring their children in for an annual physical.

“This is certainly something that resonates with everyone; having access to health care — having access to affordable health care — makes all the difference in the world,” Carroll said.

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