Journey to Chief
Occupational Medicine provides a diversity of opportunities in conflict prone areas that groom physician leaders. I came on board my organization in 2008 as Medical Director coinciding with an acknowledgement by senior management of the need to shift the culture in terms of safety. There was no consistent light duty program and employees remained inappropriately out of work for prolonged periods of time. In instituting system wide workplace accommodations we were able to manage cost and facilitate returning the injured back to functionality.
We were also able to drive down our Workers Compensation costs concomitantly associated with a decrease in the incidence of slips, trips and falls as well as patient handling injuries. In 2015 we were winners of the coveted TEDDY award for workers compensation risk management.