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An employer-sponsored healthcare center is coming to downtown Austin

As workers are called back into the office and tech giants cement their downtown Austin presence, companies seek new models to care for employees.

It’s why some have teamed up with Crossover Health, which has health centers and clinics providing primary care for employees and their families.

The San Clemente, California-based company is planning to open a new health center on Brazos St. in April 2023. Crossover plans to hire about 15 staff for the site to serve 5,000 to 7,000 people at maximum capacity.

They declined to say which companies will use it, but their current partnerships include Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Meta, which is moving into the Sixth and Guadalupe tower next year.

Founder and chief business development officer Nate Murray finds that some employers are frustrated with healthcare options and buying into the open market. With Crossover, downtown employees will have quick access to primary care services, mental health, physical therapy, health coaching and care navigation.

“You're seeing more— we call them activist employers— stepping up and saying, ‘You know what, I'm done waiting for insurance companies to change, I'm going to start to pick off some of these really important aspects,’” Murray said.

Murray and Katie Higgins, chief revenue officer at Crossover, talked about how Crossover moves away from the fee for service model to avoid transactional visits. Instead, Crossover aims to prioritize preventative care, with Higgins noting that primary care visits have declined in recent years.

“You look at the increase in chronic diseases and other health issues, and it all comes back to not having that foundational primary health relationship with their physician,” Higgins said. “That is the message that we feel most passionate about, that we work with our providers to make sure that they are inspiring their members that they care more. And that I think that is the first step to fixing this industry.”

On a visit to the site of the coming health center, the Crossover team kicked off the remodeling of the space. They tagged the walls with aspects of healthcare that they dislike and want to avoid in their new center, including matters like endless paperwork, long waits, and complexity.

With eight shared health centers across Texas, California and New York and 33 private, on-campus clinics in 11 states, Crossover says they were attracted to Austin because of its employers making it an exciting place to be.

“As we look for those employers who are willing to do things out of the box, and think differently about problems, this density of innovation is an exciting place for us to be able to invest in,” Higgins said.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway