St. Rita's Occupational Health

Partner Spotlight: St. Rita’s Occupational Health Clinic

Occupational HealthFebruary 8, 2017

Meet the staff of St. Rita’s Occupational Health Clinic! Their number one goal? Keeping employees safe. Here’s why and how they accomplish exactly that.

Dr. Michael Humphrey

St Rita's Occupational Health

Why is Occupational Health important to you?
Occupational Health provides a great bridge to the working community. It’s sometimes easy to become isolated within the hospital or medical office and to forget about the wide variety of hard-working employees who support our local businesses and community. Working in Occupational Health gives me the opportunity to interface with these individuals and businesses and provides a more balanced practice environment

Tell us a little bit about your typical day.
My typical day includes both office practice and acute medical care, but I also provide medical care on-site at several local industries. I find this very rewarding, as it captures a true picture of the workforce in their own environment and helps me better understand the medical issues they face.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing the whole team come together to get a patient appropriately treated and back to work. This is a good example of how the entire team is really needed to obtain a good outcome.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is being part of a good team of providers and support staff at St. Rita’s for more than 20 years. My entire career has been within St. Rita’s, and I could not have asked for a better health system to provide good care to my patients.

What do you do for fun outside of work?
I spend time with family and enjoy lots of outdoor activities. Living on a large, working farm has been a great outlet from the sometimes stressful practice of medicine.

Laura B. Hile MSN, CNP

St Rita's Occupational Health

Why is Occupational Health Important to you?
I have always believed workplace safety and the health of employees are of utmost importance. The success of a business relies heavily on its employees, and keeping them safe and healthy is vital to maintaining a good workforce. As a certified nurse practitioner, there is nothing more rewarding than helping the hard-working men and women who make up our local workforce.

Tell us a little bit about your typical day.
My typical day starts with reviewing charts, addressing messages, and completing paperwork. I then see a wide variety of patients throughout the day. I evaluate individuals for work-related injuries, pre-employment physicals, return to work physicals, etc. This always makes for interesting days. The majority of our patients are scheduled, however we are considered a walk-in clinic and see minor acute injuries throughout the day.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is all the hard-working men and women I get to meet from the community! I also have great mentors with years of experience and knowledge, whom I enjoy learning from every day.

What has been your greatest career accomplishment?
Deciding to advance my career and becoming a certified nurse practitioner is my greatest career accomplishment to date. I’m always looking to improve myself and hope I can continue to advance my career through education and clinical experience.

What do you do for fun outside of work?
I enjoy running, hiking, gardening, photography, crafts, and refurbishing projects. However, my favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends. Especially my two little boys!

Dorothy Gariety MSN, CNP, COHN-S

St Rita's Occupational Health

Why is occupational health important to you?
It is important to me because our work environment is where we spend a lot of our adult life, and it needs to be a safe place for workers and employers. If there is an injury in the workplace, there should be prompt, appropriate care so the individual can heal in the quickest, safest way possible. This is where I come in, providing care, examinations, x-rays, testing, referrals and moving patients through the workers’ compensation system.

At the clinic, we complete a variety of examinations, including pre-placement exams, drug screens, alcohol testing, safety monitoring with hearing, pulmonary, and blood tests, and regulatory exams for drivers and machine operators. All of these exams ensure that people are safe and healthy enough to work.

Tell us a little bit about your typical day.
I usually arrive to work and first review charts and phone calls, then respond to any problems. I complete any forms for treatment and referrals and look at new injuries arriving. I check my schedule throughout the day, because it changes as patients walk in. The rest of my day is similar to any doctor’s office, with scheduled exams and follow-up appointments. The difference is that our focus is work-related, and sometimes we are like a mini ER with injuries and lacerations.

What is the best part of your job?
When the patient is healed and ready to go back to work – it’s so satisfying to know I helped them get better. Also when I can tell a patient he or she passed the physical and can work. So many are desperate to work because of their financial situations, and they are so thankful to know they can do the job.

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Becoming a nurse practitioner. I was a registered nurse for 20 years. That’s where I got my start in Occupational Health, working as a supervisor. When I became a certified nurse practitioner, I began my journey in Occupational Health, Urgent Care and Family Practice. I have been a certified nurse practitioner for 17 years.

What do you do for fun outside of work?
I enjoy quilting, reading, hiking, bicycling and watching my grandkids grow!

If you’re in need of Occupational Health Services, please contact us at WCORHA. We would love to help you get started!