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What It’s Like To Be a Provider at U.S. HealthWorks

We recently asked our providers to share stories about their experiences in providing care at U.S. HealthWorks. We thought this piece from Dr. Donna Diziki, Center Medical Director of our Edison, NJ, clinic, was a great example of what’s it like to practice medicine and be part of the U.S. HealthWorks team.

Work.

The word conjures up images of sweaty men on chain gangs hammering railroad ties.

Life’s work.

Now that image is quite different in your mind’s eye – sunshine on a flowering meadow, commitment, fulfillment.

But how do you merge these two visions?

As physicians, we must decide our paths early on in our training. Sometimes this path has no exit or detours, such as choosing to be a surgeon, and we follow the colleagues before us. With these career choices, there is little control over the work; rather, the work steers the provider.

Others have the luxury of career options and ways to broaden the spectrum of their training. In my opinion, these are lucky ones. These doctors can venture down alternate routes on their career paths and find amazing destinations where fulfillment and growth are possible and encouraged.

Not all of us are meant to be solo providers, so the tricky part is finding a place where one can practice medicine in a meaningful way and be allowed to grow in a position. How do you find such a place?

U.S. HealthWorks has given me that elusive blend of a fulfilling medical practice coupled with an opportunity to fill my need to develop new skills in the areas of management, business practices and marketing. I joined the company hoping to be able to have a little control of the daily running of a medical office without the financial burden of opening my own clinic. What I have found is a company that encourages me to push my boundaries to make our collective futures successful.

The Managing Physician program at U.S. HealthWorks allows the participating physicians to play a vital part in the management team. It is a reflection of the company’s commitment to support physicians, and it enables them to be professionally successful. The program empowers me to learn new skills, innovate new policies and motivate staff. U.S. HealthWorks offers me the tools I need to lead and flourish in both the business and medical arenas. When the local centers are successful, the company is successful.

I have the utmost respect for the employees of U.S. HealthWorks. How many companies would entrust a physician with operating a medical office where the only rules are “Do your best” and “We will give you what you need to succeed”? They have the faith that the physician will perform to his or her potential, and the company will assist in areas that need cultivating. We have open access to upper management at all times – this awe-inspiring fact makes U.S. HealthWorks a truly unique place to work.

There’s that word again. Work. Some days it feels like the chain gangs are toiling on the railroad. But most of the time, working at U.S. HealthWorks is more in line with what I see as my life’s work: working for a company committed to our mutual success, fulfilling my needs as well as the needs of those we serve.

Delivering Care in All Situations

U.S. HealthWorks' Dr. Cori Repp

We recently asked our providers to share some stories about their experiences in providing care at U.S. HealthWorks. We thought this piece below from Dr. Cori Repp, Center Medical Director of our Bradenton, FL, clinic, was a great example of the diversity of experience as U.S. HealthWorks provides the care our patients need every day.

“Doctor, you’re not going to believe what you’ve got in Room 2.”

I looked up from my chart to see Mary shaking her head.

“This woman was assaulted last night,” she said.

I walked into the room and introduced myself. The patient was an older lady, with a slumped posture. She was visibly upset and had multiple bruises on her legs.

“Please tell me what happened,” I said.

“I was attacked,” she cracked a faint smile, “by a rooster! I’m worried that it has the rabies. I don’t want to get the rabies.” She confided to me in a soft drawl. “I hear it makes you crazy.”

She was actually the second patient attacked by the same rooster. It wasn’t at a farm or a processing facility but in the wooded, scenic garden of a nursing home, where she worked. It took longer to convince her that she wouldn’t get rabies from the bird than it did to treat her wounds.

As physicians, we look forward to challenges that keep our careers fresh and exciting – and keep us on our toes. In our occupational medicine clinic at U.S. HealthWorks, you never know what to expect behind the exam room door.

Occupational medicine is a rewarding field centered on the care of injured workers. Many physicians talk about their love for the field of medicine but express disappointment with the actual practice of it. Not at U.S. HealthWorks. Being part of a dynamic company with one focus greatly improves a physician’s ability to concentrate on the most enjoyable part - patient care.

Our case closure evaluation system is based on choosing the right tools to quickly return the worker to full function. Doctors are encouraged to provide appropriately intensive care to decrease the overall time for an injured worker to recover.

The diversity of occupational injuries keeps even a routine office day from being mundane. When a dog chases a delivery person into a canal and bites him, a provider has to put some thought into antibiotic coverage spectrums. Even routine musculoskeletal injuries become less repetitious when you consider the stories behind the cases. Wrist contusions are common, but how many occur from being squashed under a manatee when the chunky fellow rolled suddenly? I’ve seen three, all caused by the same animal.

U.S. HealthWorks encourages physicians to get to know the companies whose injured workers we treat. We visit companies that are household names, getting a backstage tour to see where the magic happens. I have toured the factory where Chris-Craft boats are born. I saw the entire process that turns Florida oranges into globally shipped Tropicana orange juice. I’ve even been to the nursing home where my patient lost a fight with that territorial rooster.

We treat those who assist us – firefighters, police, EMTs and teachers – when they are hurt in the line of duty. It’s rewarding to feel like an important part of your community.

Every day another exam room door opens to present a new challenge. Working for U.S. HealthWorks provides a variety of opportunities to practice occupational medicine that is as diverse as the businesses we serve.

Santa Clarita Valley Signal Features U.S. HealthWorks

This week The Santa Clarita Valley Signal featured in great detail some of the services we provide our clients and patients.

Local medical provider helps injured employees
Health: HealthWorks treats workers that have job-related injuries

By Jana Adkins
Signal Business Editor
February 9, 2011

U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group provides medical care and claim management to companies whose employees have experienced work-related injuries.

The Valencia-based company, founded in 1995, has more than 130 medical centers in 13 states, 15 additional work-site centers and 2,000 employees, including nearly 350 affiliated physicians.

One of the largest private providers of occupational health care in the country, the medical organization manages lost work time and specializes in early return-to-work, injury prevention and wellness programs for employers.

Additionally, U.S. HealthWorks provides urgent-care service at many of its locations, including the Valencia office.

Read the rest of the article here.

U.S. HealthWorks Acquires 3 Ohio Medical Centers

After announcing yesterday that we’ve acquired 3 Ohio clinics, we’re thrilled to double our footprint and help more patients in Ohio. The Dayton Business Journal featured the news yesterday:

U.S. HealthWorks acquires three medical centers

February 7, 2011

U.S. HealthWorks, an operator of occupational health care centers nationwide, has acquired three Kettering Workers’ Care medical centers in the Dayton area.

The acquisition of the centers doubles the number of U.S. HealthWorks-operated medical centers in Ohio and increases its number of centers to 139 nationwide.

The newly acquired Dayton-area medical centers are in Moraine, Huber Heights and Franklin. The facilities offer occupational medicine services, including diagnosis and treatment for injury and illness, preventive services, pre-employment and post-offer exams and screening, and return-to-work rehabilitative care.

Read the rest of the article here.

What Would You Do If A Colleague Came To Work With The Flu?

Last week, our very own Dr. Steve Sorsby spoke with Q13 FOX in Seattle about dealing with co-workers who are sick and how to prevent spreading illness at work. Check out what advice he had:

What Would You Do If A Colleague Came To Work With The Flu?

By Angela King & Q13 FOX News Online
January 11, 2011

Does it drive you crazy when your colleagues come to work sick? They’re coughing and sneezing all over the place, forgetting to cover their mouths? What would you do in that situation? It’s not always easy to tell your fellow adults to “cover up”, but it might be worth thinking about, especially now.

The flu is starting to emerge on the east coast and in the south. It usually doesn’t peak here in the northwest until February. Doctors aren’t anticipating a severe flu season like the one we saw last winter. Since 2009, H1N1 has killed thousands of people, and sickened many more worldwide. (Read the rest here)

U.S. HealthWorks Doctor Talks Touchscreens and Flu

U.S. HealthWorks’ Dr. Clyde Wilson spoke with KING-TV in Seattle about the dangers of catching the flu from touch screen devices such as the iPhone, Droid and iPad.

His interview can be found here.

Phoenix Business Journal: Legalized Marijuana and Workplace Drug Policies

Arizona will vote next week on Proposition 203, which would legalize medical marijuana. Dr. Donald Bucklin, who oversees all drug testing for U.S. HealthWorks, shared his insights in last week’s Phoenix Business Journal on how this could affect businesses’ drug testing policies.

My View: Legalized marijuana – Will drug testing go up in smoke?

By Dr. Donald Bucklin
October 18, 2010

Juggling the need for a drug-free workplace with the rights of employees may get a lot more complicated in Arizona after the November election.

They say those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it.

The state of Arizona has a rich and interesting relationship with medical marijuana. The current Proposition 203 is the most recent of four similar propositions that have been on the ballot in the past 14 years.

To read the rest of the article, click here.


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U.S. HealthWorks Doctors Receive Media Awards

Last week, U.S. HealthWorks honored Drs. Alesia Wagner and Donald Bucklin for their tireless efforts successfully representing our company in the media.

Dr. Wagner was recognized as our Top Media Representative, showing up for TV interviews in far away lands (Bakersfield) at 5 a.m. and actually sounding coherent at that hour!

Dr. Bucklin, who is a prolific writer and generates so many knowledgeable articles and blog entries faster than we are able to edit, was named Top Editorial Contributor.

We are very grateful to have such talented and committed medical leaders at USHW. Thank you, doctors!

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