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Occupational Health

Save money and take care of your most valuable asset — your employees! Maintaining a healthy, safe and productive workforce is one of the smartest moves you can make for your business. Mercy Regional's Occupational Health team makes it simple for your company to provide expert, appropriate and timely treatment for your employees.

Our group of healthcare professionals from several disciplines has developed a portable, preventative corporate wellness program. Designed to parallel the Surgeon General's Healthy People 2020 Initiative, this innovative program offers tangible recommendations to help individuals avoid preventable diseases and improve their health and lifestyle.

Address all your occupational health and workers' compensation needs under one roof. Our comprehensive program will reduce your workload and contribute to the success of your business.

Why spend resources on corporate wellness?

  •  To educate employees about healthy habits that will improve their health and reduce sick leave.
  •  To lower company health insurance premiums by taking preventative measures to decrease claims.
  •  To reduce turnover rates by demonstrating an interest in employee well-being.
  • Mercy Regional's wellness philosophy is focused on achieving a return on your investment for each dollar spent on employee health. Studies have proven that healthy and fit employees are absent from work less often and are more productive.

Drug abuse and poorly managed or untreated conditions such as diabetes, obesity and depression reduce productivity and a company's success. Let our experienced case managers work with you to analyze each aspect of absenteeism and get your employees back to work.

We Want Your Business

Let us put our experience, knowledge and dedication to work for you. The result? Injury prevention, enhanced productivity, and an increased bottom line.

Services

Mercy Regional Health Center offers a full range of work-related specialties to meet the needs of the business community. We use a comprehensive approach to wellness through injury prevention; early detection and timely treatment of work-related injuries; case management; and case resolution. Read more about our services below:

Drug Testing

  • Pre-employment
  • Post-accident
  • For-cause
  • Random
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)/Non-DOT
  • Medical review officer (MRO)
  • Urine
  • Oral-fluid
  • Breath alcohol

Learn more about our drug testing services.

Emergency Hotline

We offer our clients an emergency hotline number for after-hours injuries. Clients simply call the hotline, and an experienced medical staff person directs the employee to the appropriate facility depending on the nature and severity of the injury. This system initiates timely care and case management — as well as appropriate use of emergency services — and ensures employer preferences regarding post-accident drug testing are followed.

Physicals

  • Pre-employment/post-offer
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Hazmat
  • Respiratory fitness
  • Executive
  • Return-to-duty
  • Audiogram
  • Vision screening
  • Spirometry
  • Treadmill

Office Visits

  • Rapid treatment for ill or injured workers — no appointment needed for initial acute injury treatment
  • Diagnostic appointments
  • Treatment appointments
  • X-rays
  • Lab tests
  • Employee-wellness plans
  • Pain management
  • Physician appointments for workers with excessive absences

Workplace Wellness

  • Risk factor screening for cancer, cardiac conditions, high blood pressure, obesity and other conditions
  • Immunizations
  • Corporate wellness packages

Rehabilitation

  • Hand Clinic
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

Functional Capacity Evaluation

The science of measuring physical abilities

  • Measurement of an injured worker's abilities
  • Evaluation of the client's level of effort
  • Analysis of perceived functional abilities vs. actual abilities
  • Testing of strength, flexibility, endurance and speed
  • Reliable results to establish:
  • Appropriate work restrictions
  • Objective data for disability determination
  • Maximum voluntary effort
  • Work simulations, distraction-based tasks, and standardized and non-standardized tests

Ergonomics

The science of fitting jobs to people

  • Workstation analysis
  • Identification of job-site risk factors
  • Evaluation of employee work methods
  • Job description analysis and creation
  • Development of practices that increase productivity and employee safety
  • Expert, on-site training of individuals or teams

Work Conditioning

Return-to-work and other functional activities

  • Job-specific conditioning activities monitored and measured by a therapist
  • Activities to rebuild stamina and skills

Education

The Occupational Health team offers community presentations on topics such as workplace wellness, ways to reduce your comp costs, and other occupational health issues as requested. For details on specific presentations, see the Speakers Bureau section. To schedule a presentation, please contact us.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps individuals develop the abilities for everyday life — with "occupation" referring to the wide range of activities you do during the course of a normal day.

Mercy Regional's occupational therapists work to help patients be as independent as possible with daily living skills. The areas of difficulty we address include:

  • Vision
  • Cognition
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Return to work
  • Homemaking
  • Arm and hand weakness
  • Incoordination

We also provide education on functional adaptive equipment, and fabricate customized splints to protect you from injury, provide positioning, and enhance function.


Who can benefit from occupational therapy?

We help people who are dealing with limitations related to:

  • Arm injuries/trauma
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Burns
  • Visual and cognitive impairments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative chronic conditions
  • Sensory integration or autism

Occupational therapy services

Our specialties include:

  • Children's rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy
  • Stress management
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Wheelchair positioning
  • Corporate services
  • Ergonomics
  • Functional capacity evaluation

Drug Testing

You can rely on Mercy Regional's Occupational Health team to provide confidential, secure and reliable drug testing for your employees.

There is much more to drug testing than meets the eye. It will:

  • Increase your bottom line
  • Reduce your risk as an employer
  • Improve workplace safety
  • Help you identify qualified hires
  • Create a culture of wellness for your company
  • Make it clear your business is dedicated to being a drug-free workplace