Kittitas Valley Healthcare will open a new service line in Fall 2017 to provide occupational medicine.
Occupational medicine is a healthcare specialty that focuses on the maintenance of health in the workplace. The goal of a comprehensive occupational medicine program is to promote and maintain healthy workers through disease and injury prevention. It also aims to reduce on-the-job injuries by ensuring that employees are physically able to perform tasks before they begin working. If workplace injuries do occur, occupational medicine works in conjunction with Workers’ Compensation programs to treat employees and return them to work as quickly as possible.
“Local employers have been asking for an occupational medicine program since my first day at KVH,” said Julie Petersen, CEO. “This is a needed service for our community and I’m pleased KVH will be able to meet that need.”
In many cases, an employee’s relationship with KVH Workplace Health will begin even before their first day of work. KVH Workplace Health will offer pre-employment drug screening and examinations that are required before beginning work, like fitness for duty tests or medical examinations as required for commercial driver’s licenses in Washington State.
Occupational medicine specialists are up-to-date on state and federal regulation for workplace health and safety. Treating workplace injuries is often more effective, and employees can be returned to work sooner, when using occupational medicine specialists.
The KVH Workplace Health facility will be located at 702 E Mountain View Ave, Suite B, in Ellensburg, behind Kittitas Valley Urgent Care. This facility is located midway between KVH Hospital and KVH Physical Therapy.
Employers who are interested in discussing potential KVH Workplace Health options for their employees may call Lisa Potter, KVH Business Outreach Liaison, at (509) 962-7408.