OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT
(802) 524-1223
Fax # 524-1095

ADDRESS
260 Crest Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
Cobblestone Health

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Welcome to Occupational Health

A healthy workforce is an important component of a healthy business. Northwestern Occupational Health provides a comprehensive range of services specially designed and customized to meet the unique occupational health needs of employers and their workforce. We work closely with clients to understand their work environment, to provide early and safe return to work for injured workers and to identify and assist them with all of their occupational health needs. Reach out to us at nohinfo@nmcinc.org Remember: Injured workers may be served during evenings and weekend hours at Northwestern Urgent Care in St. Albans or Georgia.  If the medical need is emergent, NMC’s Emergency Department stands ready, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Key services

  • Dept of transportation (DOT) exams
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Hearing testing
  • On-site prevention services
  • On-site workplace services
  • OSHA exams
  • Physical exams
  • Respirator exams
  • Wellness offerings
  • Work rehabilitation program

Meet our providers

Patient story

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Back to work for Tammy

Tammy Laframboise delivers mail on a rural route in Jericho, a job she’s done for three decades and one she loves. When she was hit by another car head-on this last fall, she feared the resulting injury would mean she’d have to give up her job, and maybe that she’d never drive without anxiety again. After work with Physical Therapist Lori Deering, Laframboise got back to work quicker than she thought possible, feeling stronger and more confident than she ever had. “It’s been my godsend,” Laframboise said of the work rehabilitation program she participated in with Northwestern Occupational Health (NOH).

Services defined

Drug & Alcohol Testing – Our program is designed to meet all major regulatory agency requirements. A secure drug screen collection process is available at the NOH clinic along with on-site Medical Review Officer services. NOH specimen collectors are trained and qualified under 49 CFR Part 40 Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing, Urine Collection and Breath Testing procedures. NOH secure bathroom facilities are specifically designed to help prevent specimen adulteration. Functional Capacity Evaluations – NOH conducts Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) to provide a systematic process of measuring and assessing an individual’s work capacity. NOH utilizes the computerized Matheson System for Functional Capacity Evaluations, which provides both an abbreviated and/or a full report to the requesting clinician. The Matheson System uses “Best Practice Research” in support of all tests. This research is revised to reflect the soundest clinical practice and supporting literature. Injured Worker Care – For minor work-related injuries and illnesses, the Northwestern Occupational Health (NOH) clinic (behind Northwestern Medical Center) routinely treats acute work-related injuries on a walk-in basis such as minor lacerations (we do suturing), burns, or foreign bodies in the eye. Other minor injuries, such as sprains and strains, may be seen on a scheduled basis within 24-48 hours. Alternatively, employees can seek services at the Northwestern Urgent Care as indicated on the website.
Outpatient Physical Therapy – NOH provides a complete industrial rehabilitation program located in the Cobblestone Building. Our therapists are trained in both acute and chronic care. Each patient program is individually designed to meet the needs of the patient. Physical Exams – NOH provides a complete range of Department of Transportation services for national carriers, owner-operators, and companies with transportation components to their business.
NOH providers are trained in the most up-to-date DOT clinical regulatory guidelines. Our providers have access to the Federal Highway Administrations Consensus Conferences, which produce specific guidelines on cardiac, pulmonary, vision, diabetes, neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Prevention Services – There are many prevention strategies that an employer can implement in an effort to reduce workplace injuries as well as improve non-occupationally-related lost time. The type of strategies selected may depend on the injury trends of the organization; however, there are also general wellness programs that can have both a positive impact on workplace injuries and improve the general health of the employee population.
Respirator Clearance + Fit Testing – Respirator Clearance is offered to those employees who are required to wear a respirator at work in order to meet the criteria of the OSHA regulations governing respiratory medical clearance (29 CFR 1910. 134 and Appendix C – Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire).
Work Rehabilitation Program – Following evidence-based guidelines, Northwestern Occupational Health (NOH) offers physician-directed, customized work rehabilitation programs for functional restoration. Individuals are transitioned back to work during the program whenever possible.Programs are tailored to the individual needs of each client for optimum outcomes. The primary goal of the program is to provide quality treatment that leads to maximum medical improvement (MMI) by the end of the program when indicated per the patient’s diagnosis.
Wellness Offerings – NMC’s Lifestyle Medicine Department provides wellness programs for the local business community. These services can include Health Risk appraisals, for on-site screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, health fairs, immunizations (flu shots, hepatitis B tetanus, etc) nutrition counseling, tobacco cessation services, and other customized programs.
For more information about available on-site wellness services, contact the Lifestyle Medicine Department at Northwestern Medical Center (802) 524-1227.