March 05, 2013
Richmond, VA — HCA Virginia’s Occupational Healthcare Clinic at Parham Doctors’ Hospital recently held a welcome reception and ribbon-cutting for their newly expanded and renovated space.
The clinic, which is located just inside the main entrance of the hospital at 7700 E. Parham Road, is one of four clinics through HCA Virginia that currently provide work related injury, illness treatment and pre-employment procedures to over 1,000 employers in the Richmond metropolitan area.
“The expanded Occupational Medicine Clinic in Henrico County enhances our comprehensive Workplace Wellness program and services and provides additional space to better serve employers in the Richmond Metro Area,” said Nolie Barnes, HCA Virginia’s vice president of Business Health.
Under the leadership of Dr. Dale Slagel, medical director and Bruce Spiller N.P., program director, the clinic just celebrated 20 years of excellence in occupational healthcare.
“We have a dedicated and well seasoned team of occupational healthcare providers in our clinic,” said Slagel. “We are committed to excellence in employee healthcare and to customer service and consider our clients not only the patient, but the company or county that trusts us to care for their employees.”
During 2012, Hanover County awarded their occupational healthcare contract to the Parham clinic which was the final factor in deciding to expand the clinical space, according to Slagel. In addition to Hanover County, Slagel serves as medical director for the County of Henrico. He and Spiller work closely with their risk management team to ensure that injured employees are able to return to work quickly, saving employers and municipalities a significant amount of money.
As Henrico and Hanover Counties continue to grow, HCA Virginia Occupational Healthcare at Parham Doctors’ can service the needs of new and expanding companies.
Spiller also operates a foreign travel clinic which advises executives and private patients on current CDC vaccine guidelines. She is considered a local expert resource and has spoken to several community groups and physician practices to advise travelers on the vaccines and/or antimalarials they may need for international travel.
All four occupational healthcare clinics in HCA Virginia’s network have a 24-hour component through their respective emergency rooms. Slagel says he and several area employers value the close working relationship with the emergency room doctors, and work with them to ensure that injuries are directed to the clinic if appropriate, which also reduces costs for employers.
“All of the emergency room physicians and nurse practitioners are aware of how important it is to see the occupational medicine patients in a timely manner and to return them to work quickly, either regular or light duty. We also know of the importance of having the patient return to the Occupational Healthcare clinic for follow-up” said Slagel.
HCA Virginia operates seven hospitals and a bevy of outpatient surgery and imaging centers throughout the Greater Richmond area. In addition to the Parham Occmed clinic, there are three more dedicated occupational healthcare clinics at John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Chippenham Hospital and Retreat Doctor’s Hospital in Richmond’s Historic Fan District.
About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive health care network, HCA Virginia operates 13 hospitals and more than a dozen outpatient centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians in Central, Southwestern and Northern Virginia. In addition to being one of Virginia’s largest employers, it provides approximately $100 million in charity care to uninsured patients each year and pays $100 million in taxes. In Central Virginia, HCA Virginia includes 4 imaging centers, 6 outpatient surgery centers, more than 50 physician practice locations and the 7 hospitals we are best known for - Henrico Doctors’, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, West Creek Emergency Center, Chippenham, Johnston-Willis, John Randolph and Spotsylvania Regional.