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Mobile program can serve medical needs

January 28, 2012
By LINDA HARRIS - Business editor ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Trinity Health System has a mobile WorkCare program that can be customized to meet the medical needs of business and industry, particularly shale employers.

"We have the capacity for everything from pre-employment physicals to injury treatment, drug testing, anything a business would require," said JoAnn Mulrooney, vice president of nursing at Trinity. "And we can go on site."

Mulrooney said there is no set staff, but that's by design. "We don't have a standard crew that goes out," she said. "We can actually send whoever needs to go, according to the needs of the workplace."

WorkCare officers onsite immunization programs tailored to meet company and OSHA requirements, such as Hepatitis B education and immunization, tetanus and flu.

They can offer first aid stations at public gatherings or temporary worksites with supplies, staffing and medical direction; worksite nursing clinics at businesses that don't have their own medical services, available for a specified number of hours per week or by an hourly charge plus supplies used; medical dispensary services; and workers compensation services (injury management).

"It's almost like a la carte services," said Lisa Marino, RN/BSN and the WorkCare director. "We can put whoever is needed - physicians, nurses, medical assistants - for whatever testing will be required.

"Most of the time, companies are mobile and can come to us. But, from the sounds of it, the shale industry is more stationery and we'll need to go offsite. So, we'll build our services around that, send out whatever they need."

The idea, she said, is to keep employees working and on their work site - which, by the way, is exactly what the oil and gas industry prefers.

"We can provide anything they require," Mulrooney said. "Other companies in the area can provide pieces of that, but we're the only one with a comprehensive occupational medical program, including physician services."

And WorkCare has the advantage of offering continuity of care.

"The same physicians who work at WorkCare also work in Trinity's Emergency Department and Express Care," she said. "So if they're seen by our physicians in the emergency department, they can follow-up at WorkCare. We also have electronic medical records linking all our sites, so we all have access to the same information.

Marino, who has been with Trinity for 25 years, said WorkCare has been in existence for roughly two decades.

She said they're excited about the opportunities and challenges the oil and gas industry brings to the health care community.

"We do have shale subcontractors that are already signed up, they're coming here for pre-employment testing," she said. 'We also have some students going to EGCC for training who are coming here for drug screening."

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