Since 1984, WHSOM has offered superior occupational medicine services to the regional community. Recently, we have expanded our services to include respirator fit testing and a comprehensive hearing conservation program. This evolution, along with our policy to accept “same day” appointments and ability to provided acute trauma care, have transformed us into a modern “one stop shop” for all things occupational medicine. Our clinic provides rapid paperwork turnaround time, prompt return to duty (limited, full), and expert management of work-related injuries and illnesses.

As part of a health system, our practice has the benefit to offer ancillary services (such as physical capabilities testing at our therapy center) that stand alone clinics might not be able to easily offer. Also, our membership in a multidisciplinary physician group allows for timely referral to and communication with other specialists.

We strive to conduct the highest level of occupational medicine through maintenance of specialty knowledge, use of best practice guidelines, adherence to American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Code of Ethics, and performance of clinic quality evaluations.

Staff

The same provider will see the injured employee on his/her initial and subsequent visits to ensure continuity in medical management. If necessary, another practitioner is available to evaluate the employee to provide ongoing care.

  • Our medical director is residency trained and board certified in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. He is also a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO).
  • Certified Physician Assistant experienced in Occupational Medicine.
  • RN and Medical Assistant Staff with over 100 years of combined Occupational Medicine experience.
  • Federally certified collectors for urine drug screens and breathe alcohol testing.
  • Certified hearing conservationists for performing audiograms.

For more information or to set up an appointment to discuss your company needs contact:

Ralph Parks
Business Development Liaison

724-229-2719
rparks@whs.org

Services

For comprehensive information about our clinic, please click on the services listed below.

We function as urgent care for injured workers.  We can appropriately treat acute traumas and have minor procedure capability (i.e., laceration repair, fracture care, eye care, etc.).

Extended service hours (24/7) are provided by the WHS Emergency Room. They have access to our medical director for consultation when needed.

Washington Health System Emergency Department is open 24 hours / day, 7 days / week.

Patients treated at the Emergency Department will be referred to our office for follow-up care.  All treatment information provided to the patient is accessible to us to ensure continuity of care.

After hours post-accident and reasonable suspicion urine drug screen collection and/or breath alcohol testing services are also available in the Emergency Department for employees whose companies have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Washington Health System WPG Occupational Medicine for these services.

  • Urine specimen collection by federally certified collectors for federal and non-federal drug testing (rapid testing can be performed for non-federal specimens)
  • Hair follicle collection by certified collectors
  • Evidential breath testing (EBT) by certified breath alcohol technicians (BATs)
  • Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) consultation
  • Consortium services for both mandated and voluntary random drug and alcohol testing programs

At Washington Health System Occupational Medicine, we are dedicated to building a partnership with local business and enhancing the services we provide to them. We understand that communication is vital, so, in addition to our staff and provider interaction with company representatives, we have created an Employer Advisory Board to afford businesses an opportunity to network with each other and also to act as a steering committee to provide guidance to our program and the services we offer. We invite you to attend one of our meetings.

Non-Injury Examinations

  • Pre-placement / Post-offer physicals
  • DOT / CDL physicals
  • Bus driver physicals
  • Fitness for Duty / Return-to-work physicals
  • OSHA Surveillance examinations (i.e., fitness to wear respirators, hearing conservation, asbestos, silica, lead, benzene, cadmium, etc.)
  • Other non-OSHA specific hazard screening and compliance examinations
  • Company specific physicals

Additional Exam-Related Services

  • Respirator Fit Testing
  • Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation Programs
  • Pulmonary function screening (FEV1, FVC, etc.)
  • Physical Capabilities Testing, Work Hardening, and Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Immunization programs (Hepatitis B, influenza, etc.)
  • Blood borne pathogen exposure counseling per OSHA / State regulations
  • Laboratory Services
  • X-ray
  • EKG
  • PPD skin testing for TB

Company-specific pre-placement “physical capacity testing” (PCT) can be customized to meet each employer’s needs. To ensure that prospective employees are physically capable of performing their job requirements, testing is individualized for the company and the employee’s specific job duties.

Testing is performed by Washington Health System Rehabilitation Services and can be completed the same day a pre-placement physical exam is performed (if one is required).  For companies who require both a pre-placement exam and PCT, a smooth and efficient process exists in which the physical exam is performed at Washington Health System Occupational Medicine and the prospective employee is then seen for PCT by the hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department.  PCT results are sent directly to the potential employer the same day testing is performed.

Testing can also be completed when a physical exam is not required and can be arranged by contacting Sue Alrutz, Director of Rehabilitation Services by phone at (724) 223-3279 or by email, salrutz@whs.org.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services
  • Physical Capabilities / Work Performance Testing
  • CPR training
  • Weight loss, dietary, stress management and smoking cessation programs
  • Wellness Program
  • Work Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Board Certified Audiologists

Our providers and staff are highly knowledgeable in workers’ compensation, OSHA, MSHA, and the laws of other regulatory agencies.  Phrases such as “Lost Time” and “Recordability” have meaning to us.  We understand their impact on your business and the importance of keeping them at a minimum when possible.

We have a strong philosophy regarding prompt return to work.  Modified duty is ordered if an injured employee is not medically able to perform his/her regular duties.  Should the employee be placed on anything less than regular duty, regular follow-up and active case management are utilized to return the employee to regular duty as rapidly as is medically safe.

Standards of Care/Practice Guidelines promulgated by The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) are used to guide your employee’s evidence-based treatment.

Contact

Address
95 Leonard Ave. Building 1, Suite 401, Washington, PA 15301
Phone
(724) 223-3528
Fax
(724) 229-2401

Office Hours

Monday
8:00 am - 4:30 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:30 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:30 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 am
Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 am

Additional Location(s)

Waynesburg Office: 220 Greene Plaza, Waynesburg, PA 15370