Woodlawn Health Now Offering Occupational Health Program
Writer / Ali Schneider
Photographer / Sarah Reynolds
Woodlawn Health’s occupational care program is a community-based health facility located in Rochester. When they opened their doors in late September of last year, they knew they wanted to take a different approach to providing a variety of services to individuals and businesses alike.
The team at Woodlawn focuses on working as a team to care for a multitude of common workplace injuries. Some of their most requested services include injury care, pre-employment screenings, drug screens, Department of Transportation/commercial driver’s license physicals, lift tests, hearing testing, spirometry testing, fit testing for masks required on the job, and general employee wellness programs.
“I feel that our compassionate care, a Woodlawn Health standard, sets us apart from other occupational health clinics,” says Aryn Bowser, BSN, RN. Their occupation health clinic is open to any employer who requires or desires the services that they offer. Employers can opt for doing business for a fee for each employee episode or injury. They are also open to creating a price-based contract with employers.
The occupational health team focuses on being stewards of time and money for the patients and companies in the community. Oftentimes when an employee gets injured on the job, the injury is not severe enough for an emergency room visit. This is often because it takes up valuable time for the nurses and doctors, the wait time is typically extensive, and the expenses are typically two to three times the cost of a clinic visit.
Some additional benefits of choosing Woodlawn’s clinic include time and money savings for employers and their employees. However, if the team at the clinic determines that the injury is serious enough, Woodlawn’s emergency room is on the same campus as the clinic. This offers peace of mind to the patient, as they are able to quickly access the emergency room and get assistance from a team member.
Many patients choose to use the services at the occupational health clinic by scheduling an appointment. The nurse practitioner and medical assistant are housed in the clinic and are happy to serve the scheduled patient. On the other hand, when it comes to serving businesses in the community, Woodlawn team members can travel to the client’s workplace. For businesses that choose to have a team on-site, they can be confident that Woodlawn will tailor the services to their type of industry.
Woodlawn is proud to work with a variety of industries and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. When they travel to a business, they are able to provide employee wellness benefits to their staff without requiring the patient to take time off of work to travel to the clinic. Some of the on-site services include hearing and lung-function testing, respirator fittings, as well as classes for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator, and first aid. They also provide wellness fairs, biometrics and vaccines.
Woodlawn has recently received many requests for pre-employment physicals and drug screens. “This is exciting news as local businesses fill open positions and people in the community are returning to work,” Bowser says. “Both are necessary for growth in Fulton County.”
On a personal level, the team at Woodlawn finds joy in bringing their unique services to the community, especially as members of a rural hospital. They aim to keep their decisions, care and funds right in the community so they are able to provide the best patient care to family, friends and neighbors.
Next time you are looking for quality health care for you, your family or your workplace employees, consider choosing Woodlawn Health.
For those looking to partner with Woodlawn, you can reach out to them by stopping by their facility, located inside Shafer Medical Clinic at 1430 East 9th Street in Rochester. You can also reach out to ask any questions or schedule an appointment by calling 574-223-9525. There is a dynamic group of team members who are happy to get you pointed in the right direction.