WARREN, Mich., Sept. 22—Bosco’s Pizza Co. became a national phenomenon by selling millions of pizzas and their famous Bosco’s Stick every week to fans in school lunchrooms across the nation.

The secret behind their tremendous success has always been the quality of their product and the treatment of their employees.  Shortcuts may be faster, but they can’t match Bosco’s quality.  That quality extends to the support of their team members.  More than 30 percent of their 130 workers have been with the company for 10-20 years.

After paying an extra $57,000 in 2009 just to maintain the same health benefits Bosco’s became determined to put their investment to better use.

Reviewing insurance information and surveying Bosco’s staff revealed that preventive care and regular physician visits could be improved. Further,  recent studies from the American Journal of Health Promotion and the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation show employees make health decisions based upon cost rather than need and almost 20% of insured workers would avoid important medical care if they believe they cannot afford it.  For an award-winning company known for employee loyalty, the popular practice of shifting medical costs to employees was not a desirable option.  

Bosco’s partnered with Wellco Corp., a corporate wellness company, to provide a health and wellness program with measurable results.  

Mark Artinian,  the passionate President and CEO of Bosco’s, is known for always looking for the next great idea.  “The treatment of our workforce is a key indicator to our success, along with quality and our state-of-art manufacturing,” says Artinian.  “Wellco provided us with calculable outcomes that are critical to focus our employee health efforts.”

Wellco provided their HealthHammer system, which identifies avoidable health costs through health assessment.  HealthHammer quantified $202,364 in annual avoidable costs and began systematically tracking the health of their workforce where 96% of employees had at least one avoidable health concern.

“A strong wellness program that measures medical cost trends can be the Rosetta Stone of the health care equation,” said Scott Foster, President of Wellco.  “We are pleased to provide an ROI-based solution to compliment Bosco’s tremendous success.”

Bosco’s Pizza Company started in 1988 by personally delivering restaurant-quality frozen pizzas to nearby customers.  Since then,  company sales have grown 20 percent every year. Bosco’s Pizza and Bosco Sticks are served for lunch in many of the nation’s schools, and are also offered in plants, restaurants, recreation centers, sports arenas,  theme parks and grocery stores.  Last year, Bosco’s sold more than 100 million of their pizza and Bosco’s Sticks to 49 states.  For more information visit www.boscospizza.com or call 586-756-0100.

Wellco Corporation works with organizations to measurably improve health costs and conditions. Wellco specializes in health ROI systems, health risk appraisals, corporate wellness programs, speaking, and consulting. In addition, Wellco is the developer of the award-winning HealthHammer (TM), the first and only Zero Trend Appraisal (R) system. For more information visit www.wellcocorp.com or call 248.549.4247

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