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Ingalls to open health center

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Ingalls Shipbuilding will open a health center next year for its workers and their families.

Bill Ermatinger, Huntington Ingalls Industries corporate vice president and chief human resources officer, says the health center will offer primary and preventive care, walk-in urgent care, health coaching, radiology, routine blood work and other services, all for just $15 per visit.

The center will also have an on-site pharmacy.

The center will be open six days a week to Ingalls' about 3,450 non-union employees. Ermatinger says that number reaches nearly 9,000 when including dependents.

Ermatinger says union employees may have access to the center depending on contract talks next year.

The health care center is expected to open next July.

The center will employ physicians, nurses, wellness coaches, nutritionists as part of a 20-person staff.

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