KVH Workplace Health Now Open


KVH Workplace Health, a new service that focuses on occupational medicine, is now open.

Occupational medicine is a healthcare specialty that focuses on the maintenance of health in the workplace. 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.

In many cases, an employee’s relationship with KVH Workplace Health will begin even before their first day of work. KVH Workplace Health offers pre-employment drug screening and examinations that are required before beginning work, like fitness for duty tests or medical examinations for commercial driver’s licenses in Washington State.

Ryan Ahr, PA-C, is the primary provider at KVH Workplace Health. Ahr joined KVH in August, and was on hand to greet the first KVH Workplace Health patients on September 11.

Ahr began his medical career as a combat medic and emergency medical technician for United States Army soldiers deployed in Somalia and Haiti. Since completing the MEDEX Northwest program at the University of Washington to become a physician assistant, Ryan has worked in the specialty areas of occupational medicine, urgent care, and neurosurgery.

The KVH Workplace Health facility is located behind Kittitas Valley Urgent Care at 702 E Mountain View Ave, Suite 2, in Ellensburg, midway between KVH Hospital and KVH Physical Therapy. The new service is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins or appointments are accepted.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at KVH Workplace Health on Friday, September 29, at noon. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about KVH Workplace Health, call (509) 933-8830. 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.