Equipping Industry with a "Fit" Workforce

July 31, 2013

Jessica Hazen participates in a pre-work screening for

Valu Merchandisers at Mercy Convenient Care.

Over 1,200 square feet has been added

to the facility which will serve as the

hub for Mercy’s Occupational Medicine program.

FORT SCOTT, Ks - Expectations in the workplace are ever changing. But an ever changing workforce is not ideal. Hiring and keeping the right employee is crucial for business and industry leaders.

Mercy Occupational Medicine aims to assist employers by helping them identify co-workers who are physically able to perform the job as well as keep them healthy throughout their career.

With the expanded facility at 1624 S. National, Mercy Convenient Care will serve as the hub for Mercy’s Occupational Medicine program. The 1,200 square foot addition is dedicated for job “fit” assessments to test workers on their functional skills.

“Occupational medicine is focused on prevention,” explained Eric Baldonado, Mercy director of rehabilitation services. “We work side by side with employers to test a potential co-worker on their ability to meet the physical expectations of the job, and that’s just the beginning.”

Baldonado added, “We contract with businesses and industries to tailor fit occupational medicine needs that will reduce injuries in their specific work environment.”

Services offered by Mercy Occupational Medicine include: medical evaluations such as pre-employment physicals and Fit for Duty; testing (urine analysis, drug screens and pulmonary function tests); therapy services and nationally recognized Work WellTM services. Additional services include on-site vaccinations such as flu shots, job site analysis, education programs and development of functional job descriptions.

“After conversations with several business leaders in the community, we learned the importance of having these services offered locally,” said Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott president. “We knew we needed to make an investment to expand services, space and access so our local workforce could be treated in their own neighborhood.”

“We have taken time to assemble a skilled and highly trained staff to oversee the occupational medicine program,” continued Baker. “The team will coordinate care with Mercy Clinic physicians and specialists, registration, lab, imaging and therapy services to provide the full spectrum of occupational medicine services.”

The team consists of P.K. Gugnani, MD, Medical Director; James L. Jordan, MD, Team Consultant; Jan Boge, APRN; Pamela Moyers, APRN; Leigh Scharff, APRN; Eric Baldonado, PT; Jamie Johnson, PT; Monica Dikeman, PTA; Meghan Woodrum, Radiology Tech, Phlebotomist, and Medical Assistant; Whendi Martin, Admitting Representative; and Michelle Bruner, Mercy Clinic Director.

For more information about Mercy Occupational Medicine, contact Whendi Martin at 620-223-8428.

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