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MDI Hospital’s Occupational Medicine Program to Hold Business Symposium

May 19, 2006

MDI Hospital’s Occupational Medicine Program will provide local businesses with information to keep their employees safe, healthy and productive during a May 24th Seminar at the Malvern Belmont Estates in Bar Harbor.

The event, which will run from 10am to 2:30pm with lunch served at noon, will feature presentations from a variety of experts in the field of employee health and safety. A fee of $10 will be charged.

The presentation will begin with a discussion of ergonomics by physical therapist John Craigo, MPT, Manager of the Jackson Lab Employee Health Center.

Deborah Suter, RN-CCM, Medical Case Manager of the Jackson Lab Employee Health Center, will present information on getting creative with modified duty and returning injured employees back to work safely.

After lunch, Jane Garland, an Industrial Hygenist with the Maine Department of Labor’s Safety Works program will discuss some of the unique hazards found in the workplace. Her discussion will focus on new OSHA standard for Hexavalent Chromium, a particle used in paint for cars, planes and boats, and how the standard applies to the boat building industry.

Chris Owen, Director of MDI Hospital’s Human Resources Department and Patty Riley, FNP, from the Trenton Health Center will present information on employee health programs and issues such as the impact of drugs and alcohol on the workplace.

Catherine Bunker, RN will discuss MDI Hospital’s new program “Healthy for life,” which is funded by a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation. The program is designed to provide innovative solutions for the prevention of chronic disease and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

To register for the May 24th Business Symposium, call the Pat Nickels at the Trenton Health Center at 667-5899, extension 104.

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