Partner Spotlight: Grand Lake Health System
We are very pleased to introduce Juan V. Torres, MD, MPH and Medical Director of Occupational Health at Grand Lake Health Systems. Dr. Torres has extensive experience in occupational medicine – but we’ll let him tell you about it!
Why is Occupational Health important to you?
Occupational Medicine is important because we work in the preventive phase of an illness or injury. We believe the best, most cost-effective way to treat an injury or illness is if it never happens. At Joint Township, we aim to work in the preventive phase. We also work quickly with the employee and the employer to get employees back to work in a safe and prompt time. Avoiding time lost and the high cost of injury care is important to us.
Tell us a little bit about your typical day.
My typical day covers all aspects of the Occupational Health Clinic and oversight of three other hospital areas: Employee Health, IV Therapy Clinic, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Cardiac Rehab. I work closely with different industries, keeping up-to-date on OHSA standards, Department of Transportation guidelines, and policy changes. I meet with local industries to tour their worksites and view production lines and high risk areas. I work with companies that might have concerns about exposures and outbreaks. (Epidemiology is an important part of Occupational Medicine.) I also work closely with Auglaize County Health Department as their Medical Director.
What is the best part of your job?
To consistently take care of patients who are seen and to return them back to work and their families in a safe and prompt way. Also, in the preventive phase, doing physicals to detect any problems a worker may have before being exposed to the work environment and keeping them safe at work or at home.
What has been your greatest career accomplishment?
In my work experience, I have developed several Occupational Health programs in different states. This has given me the opportunity to interact and learn from many high quality professionals in the field. For example, we do epidemiological studies to track down an area of illness or health concern with workers; it’s working as medical detectives. Working with the industries and giving them direction to keep their workers safe is my main job satisfaction.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.
For more information about WCORHA’s Occupational Health Services, please contact one of our Account Executives!